Substantial change, VHI and MOT exemption briefing

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What is MOT exemption in brief?
The new regime in the UK for exemptions from the requirement to take the MOT test comes into force on 20th May 2018. This exemption is available to any vehicle which qualifies as a Vehicle of Historic Interest (VHI): essentially it was manufactured or registered for the first time at least 40 years previously, is of a type no longer in production, has been historically preserved or maintained in its original state and has not undergone substantial changes in the technical characteristics of its main components in the last 30 years. The responsibility of declaring a vehicle as MOT exempt will rest entirely with the keeper of the vehicle as a self declaration. The DfT has issued guidance on "substantial change" which is essential reading.

Self declarations as an MOT exempt vehicle can only be made when a car is retaxed. As many cars eligible for a road tax class change to "Historic" on their V5C had an application made at the earliest opportunity in April, and with the MOT exemption becomes available from 20th May 2018, it's likely many keepers will have to wait almost a year before they can make the MOT exempt vehicle declaration. One possible way of overcoming that timing issue is to put the car on a SORN for a short period and then retax the car.

A vehicle eligible for MOT exemption does not have to be so declared and even if declared MOT exempt, the keeper does not have to cease having the car MOT tested on a voluntary basis. Many MGBGTV8 enthusiasts feel continuing to have their car examined or tested by an experienced MOT tester is a wise thing to do. With their knowledge and experience the MOT testers are able to spot areas of concern which could be overlooked by a careful enthusiast. Hence our encouraging TABS - test and be safer.

Posted: 180509 & Updated: 180823
Number of classic car MOT tests fall
The number of MOTs taken by classic cars eligible for "Historic" status has dropped by 49% comparing the test taken in June 2018 with 2017. These figures were obtained by Classic Car Weekly from the DfT and reported in the lead article in latest issue of Classic Car Weekly out yesterday. 180823 More
Extraordinary development with the MOT exemption procedures
An addendum issued by the FBHVC notes the authorities concerned in managing the MOT exemption changes have been told to devise a system that complies with the EU directive but costs the minimum and creates the least disruption. It seems the DfT would have preferred a straight 40 year cut-off date despite having issued detailed "Substantial Change Guidance" just a few months ago. 180628 More
MOTs for pre-1978 classics are not changing
The good news is the agency (DVSA) in charge of MOT testing says owners of pre-1978 classics won't be subjected to the tougher new rules if they want to continue with voluntary annual MOT tests. This news comes only four days before the new MOT rules come in together with the MOT exemption arrangements, both on 20th May 2018. 180516 More
Updated DVLA Form V112 awaited
Form V112 is used the make the declaration a vehicle is exempt from MOT when the car is retaxed. For a VED exempt car shown as "Historic" on the V5C the car is "retaxed" at the NIL value VED rate. We understand the Form V112 is being updated to include the MOT exemption declaration for vehicles 40 years old and should be available on the GOV.UK website by 20th May 2018. 180509 NEWS report
FBHVC clarifications on the DfT Substantial Change Guidance & MOT Exempt Vehicles
The FBHVC has released clarifications on the DfT: Substantial Change Guidance and on the MOT exemption procedure. It's fair to say those clarifications need very careful reading but it is particularly interesting to see how the DVLA will update its MOT records.. 180427 NEWS report
MOT rule changes from 20th May 2018
The MOT test will change on 20th May 2018 with new defect types, stricter rules for diesel car emissions, and some vehicles over 40 years old becoming MOT exempt. The way that the MOT test works in England, Scotland and Wales will change from Sunday 20th May 2018. You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT. 180410 NEWS report
Update on substantial change, VHI and MOT exemption declarations
The MOT exemption is available to any vehicle which qualifies as a VHI: essentially it was manufactured or registered for the first time at least 40 years previously, is of a type no longer in production, has been historically preserved or maintained in its original state and has not undergone substantial changes in the technical characteristics of its main components in the last 30 years. Full briefing & flowcharts. 180403 NEWS report
Support with DfT Guidance, VHI and MOT exemption self declaration
Should V8 Register members wish to discuss any matter relating to the DfT Guidance or VHI eligibility and any issues and concerns with self declaring a 40 year old MGBV8 as a MOT exempt vehicle, do contact the V8 Registrar for assistance. 180403 V8 Registrar
Timing issues: MOT exemption self declaration when retaxing a VED exempt car
The chart illustrates how a MOT exempt vehicle self declaration has to be made with an application to retax a VED exempt car. 180403 Flowchart 3
MOT exemption flowchart
The chart illustrates the steps in the procedure for assessing substantial change, VHI status and whether to make an MOT exempt vehicle self declaration. 180403 Flowchart 2
MOT exemption for Vehicles of Historic Interest - two page article
A concise two page article on MOT exemption for VHIs which clarifies "the new MOT exemption arrangement is one of three entirely separate matters concerning historic vehicles, which thankfully will stay separate as none of them affect each other at all". 180307 Article
DfT: Substantial Change Guidance & FBHVC's advice
A slightly revised guidance document with some useful notes with advice from the FBHVC. 180228 Guidance

DfT stance on MOT test relief for new and classic cars
The lead news item in this week's issue of the popular newspaper, Classic Car Weekly, reports on the response to the DfT's decisions on MOT relief for new and classic cars. 180201 NEWS report
VED exemption flowchart
The chart takes you through the procedure to establish whether your vehicle is eligible for a road tax class change from "Private" to "Historic" on the V5C and then VED exempt. The flowchart is included for information. 180117 Flowchart 1
MOT exemption and substantially modified cars
Two 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. 180104 NEWS report
Keep TABS on your MOT exempt MGBGTV8
From 20th May 2018 vehicles more than 40 years old will be eligible for exemption from the annual MOT test. However many classic car enthusiasts feel continuing to have an MOT test or a voluntary test by an experienced MOT tester will be a useful check to ensure the car is roadworthy and safe. 180107 NEWS report