Thursday, 31 May 2012

Exemption of classic bikes in the UK from annual MoT

Exemption of classic bikes in the UK from annual MoT

In the UK motorcycles are targeted by an annual technical inspection called MoT. As from November 18 this year an MoT is no longer required for classic motorcycles, built before 1960. British FEMA member BMF welcomed the changes on the one hand but pointed out as well that the owners of classic bikes might have to struggle with their insurance providers.

BMF Cautious over Historic Vehicles MOT Exemption
The announcement by the Government that vehicles manufactured before 1960 will no longer have to pass an MOT, has received a cautious welcome from the British Motorcyclists Federation.

While pleased that the Government is trying to cut down on regulation, the fact that thousands of cars and motorcycles will from 18th November no longer require an annual test of any sort is a concern say the BMF.

At the time of the consultation the BMF pointed out that there was still a lot of support from the classic world for some form of an MOT as an annual check of basic roadworthiness. The BMF’s response, while recognizing that modern test standards were not suitable for 50 year old vehicles, also went on to acknowledge that there was a problem in finding testers who were knowledgeable on the limitations of older vehicles.

The BMF also points out that owners of pre-1960 machines will still be legally required to ensure that they are safe and in a proper condition to be on the road, the problem now being though, who decides?

The Government have also said that it is allowing voluntary MOT tests and it might well mean that motor insurance providers will require historic vehicles to have been tested as proof of road worthiness, something that could also assist owners following road traffic accidents.

BMF Government Relations Executive Chris Hodder said: “Broadly speaking, the BMF is generally in favour of less legislation and regulation for motorcycle owners, but there is a very large degree of support for the MOT system and we did question whether exemptions should be made at all. We will now have to watch how the system pans out.”

A summary of response to the consultation is available on: 

Ironically, with much talk currently over EU Type Approval regulations, it is Article 4(2) of EU Directive 2009/40/EC, that allows governments to exempt pre - 1960 vehicles and in fact brings requirements into line with the unladen pre-1960 manufactured HGVs, which are already exempted from the MOT testing.

(Source FEMA)

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