Consultation outcome

Roadworthiness testing for vehicles of historical interest

This consultation has concluded

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Exempting vehicles of historical interest from roadworthiness testing: government response to consultation

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Addendum to government response to consultation on exempting vehicles of historical interest from roadworthiness testing

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Impact assessment: review of vehicles of historical interest road-worthiness testing

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Vehicles of historical interest (VHI): substantial change guidance

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Detail of outcome

The outcome from the ‘Roadworthiness testing for vehicles of historic interest’ consultation was released on 14 September 2017.

We have decided that most vehicles over 40 years old (on a rolling basis) will be exempt from MOT testing from 20 May 2018.

Those that have been ‘substantially changed’ will still require yearly testing.

We have now published final guidance as to what constitutes ‘substantial change’ in the context of old vehicles.

The consultation received 2,217 responses, including from:

  • owners
  • car clubs
  • trade bodies
  • businesses
  • public bodies

An addendum to the consultation response was added 15 December 2017.

Original consultation

Summary

Seeking your views on an exemption from testing for vehicles older than 40 years and associated changes.

This consultation ran from
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Consultation description

We 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

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

Documents

Vehicles of historic interest: consultation on exemptions from annual roadworthiness testing

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Review of vehicles of historical interest (VHIs) roadworthiness testing: impact assessment

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Published 22 September 2016
Last updated 18 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. Final guidance including the altered definition of ‘substantially changed’ historical vehicles and addendum to the original government response correcting a factual error and stating only changes in the last 30 years (on a rolling basis) need be considered.
  2. Outcome for the 'Roadworthiness testing for vehicles of historic interest' consultation released.
  3. First published.