Pre 1960 MOT Regulations
Just in case there are any insurance or sale of vehicle anomalies or repercussions, I would recommend that you have your pre 1960 vehicle MoT tested in the normal way, every year. This will put a stop to any claims that your vehicle is not roadworthy or worth far less than you're asking when you come to sell it, because it does not have an MoT. It also is a good record of mileage, again, to enter the Touring section of the judging at the Annual Rally, you must have proof of mileage, an annual MoT will assist in this.
For information, the article from the FBHVC magazine is reproduced here.
All testing stations were notified by Special Notice from VOSA that as and from the date of exemption for pre-1960 vehicles, these owners can apply for a voluntary test. These can be booked in the normal way and charged the normal fee (or lower if the garage is giving special offers) and garages cannot refuse to test them. Please notify the secretary if any garages are refusing to conduct a voluntary test.
Those few vehicles that have always been exempt from MoT, mainly specialised vehicles for which no manuals exist and fall outside testing protocols, are not eligible for voluntary testing. (These vehicles are listed on the V112 form, the Declaration of Exemption from MoT Testing.) However DfT have been under pressure from the EU and are starting to consider reducing the approximately 30 types of exempt vehicles (most of which are now built on modern truck/bus chassis) down to only those machines with specially tailor made layouts i.e. extremely low volume production.
Any voluntary test should be conducted as previously practiced and the normal pass or failure notification will be issued together with ‘advisories’ if appropriate. It therefore follows that an electronic record will be held on the VOSA database, which the enforcement teams of VOSA and the Police may interrogate. It is plainly not acceptable for owners to ignore a failure and continue to use a vehicle without correcting a known fault and use an excuse of: “Well, I need not have had it tested anyway”. Good practice is to resubmit for a retest after the rectification of a failure fault.
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Good News for Wedding Car Hirers
The proposal to bring wedding and funeral cars into the same regulatory framework as mini-cabs has also been revisited, and the Commission will be recommending that they retain their statutory exemption from licensing, rather than relying on the Secretary of State or Welsh Ministers to exempt them.
Before we break out the champagne remember the Minister has the right to ignore the Law Commission and go ahead with the original proposal but I sincerely doubt this will happen. It would be like turkeys voting for Christmas.
This information has been provided by the National Association opf Wedding Car Professionals see www.nawcp.co.uk
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