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MOT Exemption of Historic Vehicles

Department for Transport                                                     Mr Bob Owen

Great Minster House                                                              Director - Legislation

33 Horseferry Road                                                                Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs



Tel: 0300 330 3000

Web Site: www.gov.uk/dft


Our Ref: MC/232005

11 January 2019


Dear Mr Owen,


RE: Vehicle Of Historic Interest MOT Exemption


The following is a statement of the effect of recent legal changes to requirements for MOT testing of vehicles at least 40 years old.

On 20 May 2018 the Motor Vehicle (Tests) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 came into force. Regulation 7 sets out that any car, van (under 3.5t) or motorcycle which is being used on a public road is to be considered a vehicle of historic interest and therefore no longer required to hold a valid MOT certificate if it:

a)was manufactured or registered for the first time at least 40 years previously

b)is of a type no longer in production, and

c)has been historically preserved or maintained in its original state and has not undergone substantial changes in the technical characteristic of its main components.

This amended the previous exemption from MOT testing for cars, light vans or motorcycles manufactured in 1960 or before. The arrangements for the testing of old larger vehicles are different.

Please find enclosed a copy of this Statutory Instrument and a copy of the Explanatory Memorandum should you wish to refer to these.

There is no requirement, either intended or implied, that at the point a vehicle becomes 40 years old and providing the vehicle has not been substantially changed, for the owner to make a declaration to any statutory body, declaring that the vehicle is a vehicle of historic interest and is therefore no longer required to have a valid MOT certificate.


The Department and DVLA have set up an administrative process (via DVLA form V112 and the equivalent process on-line) which requires at the time of the annual re-licensing of vehicles a declaration that the vehicle is a vehicle of historic interest – in that it has not been substantial modified. This process is in place to help owners of old vehicles that have been substantially modified do not by mistake run them without a valid MOT. The Department has published information about what constitutes a substantial modification in this context and encourages owners who do not know to seek advice.


Yours sincerely,


Duncan Price  

Divisional Manager, Freight, Operator Licensing and Roadworthines

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