exemption and substantially modified cars|
announcements from the DfT are of particular interest to classic car enthusiasts:
MOT exemption for cars 40 years and older which secure Vehicle of Historic Interest
(VHI) status but also cars 40 years and older where modifications have been made
more than 30 years ago will also be eligible for VHI status and MOT exemption.
This will be of particular interest to our members with MGBV8 Conversions, however
we await further clarifications.
The measures announced are the result
of intensive discussions between the FBHVC and the DfT. They are complex so we
have created a flowchart
to try and help explain them.
also our recent NEWS item
Currently vehicles manufactured prior to 1960 are exempt from
the requirement to pass an MOT test, but from 20th May 2018 that simple arrangement
is changing to comply with an EU Regulation. In future, vehicles will not be automatically
exempt on the basis of their age, owners will have to declare them to be Vehicles
of Historic Interest (VHI).
To be eligible to be a VHI, a vehicle must
be over 40 years old and have not undergone any substantial modification during
the previous 30 years. The meaning of "substantial modification" has
been the subject of intensive discussion between the DfT and FBHVC. The original
proposals put forward by DfT in its consultation would have been restrictive and
impractical but it is thought that the guideline now agreed and the introduction
of the 30 year rule make this a workable solution.
of Historic Interest (VHI): Substantial Change Guidance
o The process is one of self-declaration by the owner.
will only be required to declare their vehicle to be a VHI if they wish to be
exempted from an annual MOT Test.
o All vehicles eligible for MOT exemption
can still be tested if their owners wish to do so, not least because owners continue
to be responsible for their vehicle's roadworthiness.
o The criteria are generic
and permit changes made, less than 30 years prior to the declaration, which improve
efficiency, safety, preservation or environmental performance.
o The Guidance
refers to "a marque or historic vehicle experts". A list will be published
on the FBHVC website by 30th April 2018. Vehicle owners wishing to confirm if
they may declare their vehicle as a VHI, may choose to contact the appropriate
nominee from this list.
the 40 and 30 year conditions are on a rolling basis. The rolling 30 years replaces
the fixed 1988 date previously proposed by DfT.
Vehicle Excise Duty
(VED or Road Tax)
This is not affected in any way by these changes. It
will still be possible for all vehicles over 40 years old to be registered in
the Historic class and exempted from VED. That exemption continues to be on a
rolling 40 year basis.
These measures are
complex so we have created a flowchart to try and help explain them. Flowchart
Owners of these cars should study carefully what
the DfT "VHI: Substantial Change Guidance" says about changing
engines. They may consider that as the MGB was available with both the 1800cc
engine and the V8 engine at one time, the V8 engine may be taken to be alternative
original equipment for the MGB and fitting one does not constitute a substantial
modification. We understand the MG Car Club has had initial contacts with the
FBHVC to be considered a marque or historic vehicle expert but can offer no advice
on the subject.