The Department for Transport (DfT) is consulting on proposals to implement an exemption from testing for vehicles over 40-years-old in advance of a law change which is to be made by 2018.
Under current GB and EU law, all vehicles that were manufactured before 1960 are exempted from compulsory annual roadworthiness testing.
The RMI has said it will respond to the evidence put forward and is reminding technicians that they can also reply “to add their weight to the argument”.
Proposed options include an exemption on vehicles over 40 years old, an exemption on vehicles over 30 years old, introduce alternative testing requirements for older vehicles or to remove MOT exemption.
In a statement, the RMI said: “We will make our reply to the consultation after studying the implications and on feedback received from our members.
“Previously we responded that it was we felt it was better for road safety and ultimately less expensive to the consumer to have all age of vehicles tested without any exemptions, and that any certification processes to prove or declare the vehicle had not undergone any substantial changes would be complicated and expensive.
Minister of State for Transport, John Hayes said: “Our preference is to exempt vehicles manufactured or registered at least 40 years ago.
“The 40 year old vehicle option is also in line with the current rolling 40 year exemptions from Vehicle Excise Duty so this will ensure greater consistency.
40 year exemption?
“Throughout the proposals in this document the government has been keen to avoid placing unnecessary burdens on businesses as well as individuals who want to make use of these vehicles.”
Commenting on Brexit, he added that the outcome of the UK’s exit negotiations “will determine what arrangements apply in relation to EU legislation in the future once the UK has left the EU”.
He explained: “Until exit negotiations are concluded, the UK remains a full member of the European Union and all the rights and obligations of EU membership remain in force.”
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