exempt classics being pulled up by police for having no MOT|
car owners caught out in this way have included a Triumph owner in ended up being
prosecuted by Suffolk Police for not having a valid MOT on his VHI-eligible 1973
2.4 PI estate. Here we set out the precautions members should take with an MGV8
eligible for VED exemptions
More information on VED exemption
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When can the police stop a vehicle?
police can stop a vehicle for any reason. If they ask you to stop, you should
always pull over when its safe to do so. Youre breaking the law if
you do not stop.
If youre stopped, the police can ask to see your:
> insurance certificate
> MOT certificate
you do not have these documents with you, you have 7 days to take them to a police
station. Youre breaking the law if you do not show the requested documents
within 7 days. The police can also give you an on-the-spot fixed penalty notice
for many minor offences and make you take a breath test in certain circumstances.
You can also have your vehicle seized if youre stopped on suspicion of driving
without insurance and for some other offences. More
Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) has issued advice after it
emerged that some police are stopping some owners of classic cars more than 40
years old for appearing not to have a valid MOT, which it fears is due to official
records on these vehicles not making the exemption clear. The FBHVC advice is
encouraging owners of classics to carry with them a copy of a recent letter from
the Department for Transport (DfT) in case they are stopped by police officers
unaware of the VED exemption changes for classics more than 40 years old.
Federation has argued that the DVLA process for enabling the declaration of a
vehicle as "not having undergone substantial change in the technical characteristics
of its main components" at the time of re-licensing, was one which could
put drivers at risk of bureaucratic misunderstanding and leave them at risk from
ill-briefed policemen. In a NEWS item posted on the FBHVC website says "we
became aware that a real example that had arisen and that the driver of a historic
vehicle had received a Notice of Prosecution. The Federation urgently sought
clarification of the position from the Department for Transport. We are glad to
confirm that they responded promptly and positively and have provided us with
the statement we copy here, which we think sets out the position clearly and succinctly
and will be of real use to our members. It may be that some members who have
concerns about this will wish to carry a copy of the DfT statement in their vehicle".
a copy of the letter issued by DfT to the FBHVC dated 11th January 2019 headed
"Vehicle of Historic Interest MOT Exemption". Print off a copy now.
FBHVC adds they are still unhappy that the Vehicle Enquiry Service cannot
show an accurate MOT status even after the registered keeper has filled in a Form
V112 MOT exemption form or checked the MOT exemption declaration page during online
licensing. Currently the VES report simply says, if the vehicle does not have
an MOT, that no MOT information is available.
What is the DVLA position
An item in this weeks Classic Car Weekly reports "a spokesperson
for DVLA said "the DVLA is not responsible for the policies or governance
surrounding MOT" adding "from the DVLA's perspective, the purpose of
the VHI declaration is for the purpose of VED and has to be made on the point
of re-licensing. As there is no requirement to capture the 40-year MOT exemption,
the DVLA cannot and do not confirm via the Vehicle Enquiry Service (VES) that
a vehicle is MOT exempt".
Do you have to declare MOT exemption
for a vehicle 40 years old or more?
The simple answer is no - you can continue
having your classic car presented for an annual MOT test and obtain the certificate
as the car passes the test. For many classic car enthusiasts continuing to have
an annual MOT test is both a sensible and responsible thing to do. Our TABS
- test and be safer - promotion encouraged that despite some dismissive comments
from a few clueless numpties who felt they knew better!
your classic car status on the GOV.UK website:|
check for road tax status
check for MOT status
for insurance status
precautions for a classic car owner|
Carry copies of the following documents
with you in your car - they can be kept in a plastic sleeve in the car:
Print out of the VES report on your car showing the road tax and MOT status.
Current insurance certificate.
> Current MOT certificate
if you haven't declared your car MOT exempt.
> MOT exemption application
- either on a V112 form or a copy of your online application.
of the letter issued by DfT to the FBHVC dated 11th January 2019 headed "Vehicle
of Historic Interest MOT Exemption".
In addition carry:
Your driving licence now usually a convenient card (debit card sized)