MOT for classic car

Is your car over 40 years old? If so, you no longer need to get an MOT certificate for it

New laws on MOTs for classic cars come into force this May.

If you own a classic car built before 1978 you soon won’t have to take it for an annual MOT. That’s because the Government has announced that all vehicles constructed or first registered more than 40 years ago are exempt from the road worthiness test.

Rolling basis

The new rules, which come into force on 20th May 2018, apply on a rolling basis – meaning each year more cars will become exempt as they hit the 40 year mark. Currently, only cars from before 1960 are exempt, which represents 197,000 cars on UK roads. The new rules will exempt a further 293,000 cars from MOTs.

Good condition

The Government says it made its decision based on a number of factors. It says cars of this age are usually maintained in good condition and that they are only used on few occasions, usually for short trips. It also believes the modern MOT is no longer relevant to cars over 40 years old.

All risks factored in

All the potential risks of changing the law in this way were looked at but it was found that the MOT failure rate and the number of people killed and seriously injured in accidents involving vehicles over 40 years old are both lower than those for newer vehicles.

Owners of vehicles over 40 years old will have the option to submit it for a voluntary MOT test and they will still, like all vehicle owners, need to ensure they meet the legal requirement of keeping their vehicle in a roadworthy condition at all time.

The Government says currently around 6% of the owners of pre-1960 vehicles submit their vehicles to voluntary testing and it anticipates that many vehicle owners will service their vehicles regularly.


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