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Vehicles of Historical Interest – Consultation on Exemptions from Annual Roadworthiness Testing

Vehicles of Historical Interest – Consultation on Exemptions from Annual Roadworthiness Testing

30 September 2016

The Department for Transport has released a consultation on proposed new rules for the testing of Vehicles of Historical Interest.

Click here to view the consultation.

The RMI will respond after looking at the evidence put forward and the impact assessment. Individuals can also reply to add their weight to the argument and make their own replies.

In the consultation there are proposals to change the current exemptions to MOT testing for vehicles manufactured prior to 1960.

The DfT are consulting on proposals to implement an exemption from testing for vehicles over 40 years old.

This includes options to:

  • exempt all vehicles over 30 years old
  • have alternative testing requirements
  • remove the exemption

They are proposing that vehicles which have been ‘substantially altered’ will not be exempt from testing.

Options being considered

Option 1: Remove the current exemption for pre-1960 vehicles and in doing so make all vehicles that are currently exempt subject to full annual roadworthiness testing.

Option 2: Introduce a basic ‘VHI’ roadworthiness ‘safety’ test – (either annual or biennial) for 40 year old vehicles.

Option 3: Exempt 40 year old ‘VHIs’ from annual testing and introduce a ‘VHI’ certification process to ensure a vehicle has not been substantially changed (could be based on self-certification or independent inspection or a combination). This is the preferred option.

Option 4: Introduce a biennial ‘VHI’ roadworthiness test for 40 year old vehicles. ‘VHIs which are Heavy Goods Vehicles, buses and coaches would need to be certified that they have not been substantially altered.

Option 5: Exempt 30 year old VHIs from annual testing and introduce a VHI certification process to ensure a vehicle has not been substantially altered (could be based on self-certification or independent inspection or a combination)

The RMI has been involved with discussions with the DfT previously regarding this and have previously given written considerations to the Department of Transport.

The options are slightly different from what was originally discussed, but we will make our reply to the consultation after studying the implications and on feedback received from our members. Previously we responded that it was we felt it was better for road safety and ultimately less expensive to the consumer to have all age of vehicles tested without any exemptions, and that any certification processes to prove or declare the vehicle had not undergone any substantial changes would be complicated and expensive.

Brexit?

The reason for these proposed changes are so that our testing regime will meet the new EU Testing Directive; But what about Brexit you may ask? The response from the DfT for this is contained within the document.

“…..On 23 June, the EU referendum took place and the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Until exit negotiations are concluded, the UK remains a full member of the European Union and all the rights and obligations of EU membership remain in force. During this period the Government will continue to negotiate, implement and apply EU legislation. The outcome of these negotiations will determine what arrangements apply in relation to EU legislation in the future once the UK has left the EU.”

If you’d like to send us your thoughts and feedback, please call us on 0845 305 4230 or email us at enquiries@rmif.co.uk.