MOT

Your vehicle will need a full MOT before it can be registered, even if its age or type could not be verified, and it had to pass an SVA test.

Ask around, and find a garage that has a mechanic with the extra knowledge, understanding and appreciation needed to test an aged military vehicle.  A pre-MOT inspection will allow you to discover the criteria specific to its age. For instance, rear seat belts are not needed on cars made prior to 1988, and although it might not be advisable, you will be able to avoid fitting front ones to the earliest of M151's (pre-1965).

New European rules will shortly make life difficult for those of you intending to modify any vehicle - even if you are doing so to improve its safety.

Below are quotations from that article:
"Under its plans, all vehicles would have to remain identical to the specification they were in when they left the factory - which would mean classic cars could not even be updated with safer equipment. The proposed new rules would mean any modifications - from different windscreen wipers to newer brake lights - would mean the car would automatically fail its MOT test."

"One of the suggestions outlined is that all 'components of the vehicle must comply with characteristics at the time of the first registration."

"It wants to exempt all cars more than 30-years-old from testing providing the vehicle 'has been maintained in its original condition, including its appearance'.This is based on the vehicle having not 'sustained any change in technical characteristics of its main components such as engine, brakes, steering or suspension'.

The full article regarding these laws can be found on the Daily Mail's website, HERE.

What does that mean to vehicles registered on "Q" plates (which means their age or type could not be verified)?
They will be required to meet current MOT  standards after passing the SVA test.  In theory - today - this means that the engine emissions must be within today's boundaries, and the lights, windscreen washers and wipers, indicators etc. must also be in line with those on a modern car. This means that the vehicle cannot be presented or kept with its historic appearance. Indeed, it is unlikely that its original engine will allow it to pass the emissions test. It could be that you might be prepared to sacrifice authenticity in order to gain that all important roadworthiness... even to the point of fitting a modern engine. However, under the new regulations, it will be impossible to make these changes. This leads one to ask if it is going to be possible to register a vehicle that does not have age verification and all authentic parts. The answer, it seems, will shortly be a resounding "NO". And the possibility of rushing your "Q" car through the process before these rules become law is also pointless - existing vehicles that do not meet the new regulations will be banned from the roads.

On a brighter note, that same law will favour those of us who are able to verify the age of our historic vehicles. Those over 30 years of age, and maintained or restored to original condition and appearance, will not be needing an MOT.  Which has to be refreshingly good news to the purists among us!




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