Classic car organisations are being urged to lobby the government to introduce a basic safety test for older vehicles instead of the current MoT exemption
Bodies like the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) and the newly-formed Historic & Classic Vehicle Alliance (HCVA) are being urged to lobby the government to introduce a basic safety test for older vehicles, with a call for insurance companies to collectively raise policy premiums for vehicles without an MoT in the meantime.
The calls are being made by Ben Field, Managing Director of Vintage Tyres, who took to the firm’s website to discuss the issues surrounding MoT exemption. Back in May 2018 MoT exemption was controversially brought in line with historic vehicle tax (VED), meaning vehicles built more than 40 years ago no longer need to be tested providing no ‘substantial changes’ have been made in the last 30 years.
Ben reckons a consultation regarding the decision “read like a done deal against the MoT from the start” and that the representative from the Department for Transport responsible for organising the consultation, collating responses and drafting the report didn’t have a clue about what the MoT really involved.
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