1. Historic Vehicles - MoT Exemption Review

This survey is being undertaken by the Historic Vehicle Research Institute for the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC). Thank you to visitors from overseas for visiting but this survey should only be completed by UK residents or those owning UK registered vehicles.

The possibility of exempting certain groups of vehicles from the requirement to have an annual MoT test have been under discussion since the end of 2010.

Goods vehicles made prior to 1960 are already exempt from testing requirements, and the EU Directive on roadworthiness testing allows member states to exempt vehicles manufactured prior to 1 January 1960 from compulsory testing. It should be remembered that exemption from testing does not alter the fundamental requirement that vehicles must be maintained in a safe, roadworthy condition in accordance with the relevant Construction and Use and Lighting regulations.

The Department for Transport has now published a consultation document on the subject of MoT testing for pre-1960 vehicles which can be found at www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2011-27

The consultation offers four options:
0 To make no changes;
1 To exempt all pre-1960 vehicles (the DfT’s preferred choice);
2 To exempt all pre-1945 vehicles;
3 To exempt only pre-1920 vehicles.

The DfT’s preferred choice, option 1, is to take maximum advantage of the exemption allowed under the EU Directive, and goes wider than the options that have been mentioned in discussions.

A parallel consultation for those resident in Northern Ireland has been published by the Department for the Environment in Northern Ireland where testing arrangements are slightly different to mainland Britain. This can be found at www.doeni.gov.uk/roadsafety/index/consultations.htm. The NI consultation offers the same choices as above but does not express any preference.

Before responding to the consultations, FBHVC needs to understand what the people it represents feel about the DfT’s proposal. Time is limited, as responses have to be made before the end of January. The only practical way to obtain this information in time is by means of this on-line survey.

It should take no more than five minutes to complete, and may be submitted anonymously. You need to press either the Next or Prev buttons at the bottom of each page to move forwards or backwards - please do not use your browser back button.

Please alert all historic vehicle enthusiasts in your address book to the urgent need to complete this survey.