MoT Survey of FBHVC Members

Discussions regarding the possibility of exempting certain groups of vehicles from the requirement to take an MOT test were commenced at the end of 2010.

The Department for Transport issued a consultation on the subject in November of that year, which included a proposal to exempt pre-1960 vehicles from testing. Although the consultation is of course complete and new arrangements are in place.
The full text of the consultation can be found at

Testing arrangements in Northern Ireland are under the control of the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland (DOENI). DOENI issued a similar consultation to that published by DfT seeking views on the same options. The DOENI consultation can be found at

Before responding to this consultation, FBHVC needed to understand what historic owners felt about the proposal. As time was limited, FBHVC ran an on-line survey from 22 November 2011 to 10 January 2012 in preparation for a FBHVC board meeting on 14 January. Over 4,000 responses had been received when the survey closed. 75% of respondents felt that there should be some relaxation of testing requirements for historic vehicles, with nearly 60% favouring the government’s preferred option of exempting all pre-1960 vehicles. FBHVC’s response to the consultation therefore reflected the views of the majority of those members who responded to their survey.

The full report can be found here.