MOT changes: Classic car expert pushes for changes to historical exemption rules

DVSA explains 2018 MOT test changes

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In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Smith said he gets his classic cars checked by a garage “at least once a year” and has recommended other owners follow. He said the yearly garage check ensures his cars are “maintained to the best of its ability” and minimises the risk of issues.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “I get my old cars checked every year, at least once a year and instead of having an official MOT I pay the garage an hour’s labour.

“It’s kind of the same as an MOT, they put it on the ramps, they do all the checks they would do and I tend to stand with them.

“They go, ‘here’s what’s going on, let’s have a look at the brakes, let’s have a look at the steering’.

“They will often give me some advice or they will say you want to get that done and I’ll make a note.

“I want to know what I’m driving, I want to know it’s maintained to the best of its ability.

“Some of that work I’ll do myself and some of it I’ll have done professionally.

“That’s probably what I would recommend people do.

“It helps you get familiar with your own car but if something happens the car is in the best state it can be.”

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Under the current MOT rules, classic cars older than 40 years of age are not required by law to get a test unless the car has undergone “substantial changes”.

These include replacing the chassis, body, axles or engine which fundamentally changes the way the vehicle works.

However, the Department for Transport (DfT) warns classic cars “must be roadworthy”.

Whether or not drivers are exempt, classic car owners may still wish to voluntarily undertake an MOT test or a thorough assessment anyway.

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