Historic vehicles MOTs

Thursday 13th June 2019

historic vehicles mot

It’s a legal requirement for vehicles older than 3 years from the date of first registration to have an annual MOT test. However, there are some exceptions – historic (or classic) vehicles are often exempt from MOT tests, as are some large vehicles. Learn more about MOT exempt vehicles, including historic vehicles, today.

MOT exempt vehicles

Although the large majority of car owners have the annual MOT test regulations to adhere to each year, there are some vehicles that do not require an MOT test. So, when is a vehicle MOT exempt?

Historic vehicle MOT exemptions

Your vehicle could be MOT exempt if:

  • It was built or first registered more than 40 years ago
  • There haven’t been any ‘substantial changes’ made to the vehicle in the last 30 years. This could include replacing the chassis, body, axles or engine – specifically anything that would change the way the vehicle works.
  • This also includes vehicles which were previously exempt, on the basis of being first registered before 1960

Need more information? Find out everything on MOT exemptions for historic vehicles from GOV.uk now.

Large vehicle MOT exemptions

Some larger vehicles can also be exempt from MOT tests. This is specifically in reference to large goods vehicles (defined as vehicles more than 3.5 tonnes) or buses and public service vehicles (defined as having 8 or more passenger seats) which are used commercially.

The exceptions where these large vehicles will need an MOT test is when:

  • The large vehicle has been substantially changed within the last 30 years
  • It’s a large goods vehicle and is used when laden or towing a laden trailer

Still unsure if your vehicle is exempt from an MOT test? Consult a historic vehicle expert from GOV.uk who can help advise you, and also go through the full substantial changes guidelines.

And if your vehicle is not exempt from an MOT test, why not get yours booked in today with Formula One Autocentres? Our fully trained testers and technicians will always be on hand to assist you with your motoring needs. Locate your nearest centre and book your MOT test online now.

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