MOT changes: Experts push for classic cars to be ‘regularly tested’ despite exemptions

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The Historic and Classic Vehicle Association (HCVA) warns classic car owners who are “not mechanically competent” should get their cars MOT checked to ensure they are safe. Malcolm McKay, spokesperson for the HCVA said drivers may not need to do this every year but said some form of regular testing was definitely needed.

He warned things “can deteriorate” in vehicles with garage checks one of the best ways to assess what condition a vehicle is really in.

Speaking to, he said: “We would like to see owners who feel they need it, take their cars for a regular test, a regular check-up.

“We recognise there are some owners who maybe are mechanics themselves and may be very competent at checking their vehicle to make sure it’s safe.

“But owners who are not so mechanically competent definitely should get their vehicles checked.

“Maybe not necessarily annually but if they’re getting the car out after it’s been stored over the winter, get it checked over thoroughly as things can deteriorate.

“If they are about to go off on a rally, get it checked over before going.”

Under current rules, drivers do not need to get an MOT if the car was built or registered more than 40 years ago.

Vehicles must not have undergone any “substantial changes” over the past 30 years to keep its MOT exemption.

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The Government says this included replacing the chassis, body, axles or engine.

Mr McKay added owners who decided against checks still needed to take responsibility for their vehicles.

Drivers can still be issued penalties if their car is considered to not be in a road legal condition.

The Government warns drivers could be fined up to £2,500 and get three penalty points for using a vehicle considered to be in a dangerous state.

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