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On May 20 this year, almost all UK vehicles over 40 years-old became eligible for Vehicle of Historic Interest (VHI) status, and thus exempt from the annual MoT test – here’s the latest on classic Fords and VHI.

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Since first announced in December 2017, the guidelines released by the DVLA have been tweaked somewhat, and you can find the latest version of the DVLA guidelines here.

Classic Fords and VHI in brief:
From May 2018, almost all UK vehicles manufactured or first registered over 40 years ago will be exempt from the MoT — if they are registered as a VHI.

Vehicles that have been modified in the last 30 years (this is a rolling date) will not be eligible to be registered as a VHI, but will simply need to be MoTd each year, as they are currently.

However, there are a couple of exceptions that will allow a vehicle to be modified and still classed as a VHI:
1. Vehicles that were modified in period – including specials – will be allowed to be registered as VHIs, and will therefore be exempt from the need for an MoT.
2. Modifications that improve ‘the efficiency, safety, preservation or environmental performance’ of a vehicle, such as uprated brakes, will not prevent the vehicle from being granted VHI status.

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For details of how to register your classic Ford for VHI status, go here.

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