Vehicles older than 40 years of age will no longer need MoT testing

 

The UK Government has announced that as of 20 May 2018, all vehicles registered or built more than 40 years ago will no longer need to be MoT tested.

Good news for classic car owners, who from next year will no longer have to book their vehicle in for its annual MoT test.

At the moment, any vehicle built or first registered before 1960 are exempt from needing an MoT test but the DfT have now decided that any vehicle built or first registered more than 40 years ago will now no longer need to be tested.

UK Government to change laws regarding MoT's for older vehicles

Vehicles older than 40 years of age will no longer need MoT testing from next May © Copyright Kenneth Allen and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 

Currently 197,000 vehicles in the UK are exempt from requiring an annual MoT test, however the Government believes that new changes coming into effect next May will increase that number, meaning around 293,000 vehicles will no longer need to be MoT tested.

According to the DfT, cars over 40 years old generally tend to be kept in good condition by their owners and don’t get used enough to really require an MoT.

They also decided that today’s MoT isn’t relevant enough to cars more than 40 years old and many garages will have trouble trying to fully validate them.

The Department for Transport also said that by bringing the exemption date forward this would “harmonise the MoT exemption date with the date for Vehicle Excise Duty.”

“After considering the responses, we have decided to exempt most vehicles over 40 years old from the requirement for annual roadworthiness testing,” said Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary under secretary of state for roads, local transport and devolution.

 

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