Historic (classic) vehicles: MOT and vehicle tax

Vehicles exempt from vehicle tax

You can apply to stop paying vehicle tax if your vehicle was built before 1 January 1978. You must tax your vehicle even if you do not have to pay.

If you do not know when your vehicle was built, but it was first registered before 8 January 1978, you can still apply to stop paying vehicle tax.

Your vehicle will not be exempt from vehicle tax if:

  • it’s used for hire or reward (for example, it’s used as a taxi for paying customers)
  • it’s used commercially for a trade or business

Contact DVLA if you’re not sure if your vehicle is exempt.

Eligible vehicles

You can apply for these vehicles to be made exempt:

  • cars
  • vans
  • motorcycles
  • tricycles

Large vehicles and buses

You can apply for these vehicles to be made exempt:

  • private heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) - they cannot be designed or adapted for transporting goods, or be used for driver training
  • buses used for voluntary or community purposes

Specialist vehicles

You can also apply for these vehicles to be made exempt:

  • mobile cranes and pumps
  • road rollers, works trucks and digging machines
  • agricultural machines and mowing machines
  • snowploughs and gritting vehicles
  • electric vehicles
  • steam vehicles