Roadworthiness testing, substantial change and MOT exemption are clearer
Information released as an addendum to the latest newsletter from the Federation for Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) includes a clear analysis of the situation together with a copy of the revised DfT guidance on "substantial change". See a copy of the Addendum. More

See our previous NEWS items on MOT exemption for classic cars over 40 years old

DfT stance on MOT test relief. More

MOT exemption and substantially modified cars. More

Keep TABS on your MOT exempt MGBGTV8. More

FBHVC Historic Vehicle friendly MOT stations
FBHVC members have contributed to this list of MoT test stations that understand the special requirements of historic vehicles. A list can be downloaded on the FBHVC website. More

Posted: 180227


At last all the speculation is over with details of the UK Government's approach to the implementation of its obligations under the EU Roadworthiness Testing Directive and how it will affect the MOT Test in the UK as it applies to historic vehicles and specifically Vehicles of Historic Interest (VHIs). Information released as an addendum to the latest newsletter from the Federation for Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) includes a clear analysis of the situation together with a copy of the revised DfT guidance on "substantial change".

From an initial review of that DfT document - "Vehicles of Historic Interest (VHI): Substantial Change Guidance" - it appears to be much clearer than the earlier document we had seen and the FBHVC addendum includes appended advice which they state is "not part of the Guidance". That advice is particularly helpful as the procedures are not straightforward - for example making a judgement as to substantial change when claiming VHI status for a modified car. Our more detailed review of the guidance and procedures will follow in the next week.

Another aspect, which some V8 Register members with later rubber bumpered MGBGTV8s coming up for eligibility for VED exemption may find puzzling, is how the procedure for applying for a tax class change to "Historic" on the V5C relates to the eligibility and procedures for a VHI application and then the availability of MOT exemption should they wish to use it..

The Federation of Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) is recommends "testing even if it is not legally required". They add "we have ensured that under the new arrangements the option of taking a voluntary test is retained and our advice is to take this opportunity (of an annual test). A list of testing stations experienced in working with historic vehicles is on our website". In a previous NEWS item we suggested that even if your car is MOT exempt, continuing to get a voluntary MOT or a voluntary TABS inspection and report is a prudent step. Personal safety for both the driver and any passenger, together with other road users, is an essential responsibility for any classic car owner. So "test and be safer". TABS