There have been some premature victory statements made recently in the media regarding the EU proposal mentioned in our previous Armageddon article. Strange there can any victory as the issues we highlighted were dismissed as non existent and scaremongering at the time?
Siim Kallas: Vice president of the European Commission for Transport gave his opening address, one poignant point to ACE was his statement on the nature of historic vehicles and modifications:
It’s human nature to believe the things we are told by our peers, as we grow up, but there comes a point in our lives when we stop believing everything we are told. Take for example some of the replies from MEP’s, MP’s and other parties over the “Armageddon” article.
Some of the forums have run extensive threads and inevitably most have followed predictable lines of denial, anger, frustration and disbelief. Some of you have been inquisitive enough to write to those in power and express your concerns. But we question some of those replies as being misleading, diverting and downright wrong.
One of the most common themes running through replies is that the UK government will have a say in the process and ultimately whatever the EU decided is irrelevant until the UK parliament agrees upon it.
A recent article in Matters of Testing, the VOSA MoT in-house magazine has highlighted issues with post August 1965 cars with red rear indicators. Legally, cars manufactured before August 1965 are allowed red indicators and whilst only a few British and European cars use this set up, it is common practice on all American cars.
It is pointed out in the magazine that there is NO leeway in allowing later cars to be passed as “they came from the factory like that“
The article is linked belowShare
The official launch date, November 13th 2012 for MOT exemption on pre 1960 vehicles draws closer, but many important questions still remain unanswered. Details of all pre 1960 vehicles will be withdrawn from the VOSA database, meaning that the results of any voluntary MoT service offered will not be recorded on the official VOSA database. This means that there will be no real benefit for continuation on a voluntary basis, as the results will be unavailable to Police or other official sources.Share
In an unexpected move, the Department of Transport has announced that pre-1960 cars and bikes will no longer require a valid MOT test to be road legal.
Owners of exempted vehicles, which account for around 160,000 currently on the road, will still be legally required to ensure that they’re roadworthy, in proper condition and safe, but, from 18th November 2012, are no longer obliged to take the annual inspection.
This move comes, despite widespread resistance from the classic car world.
On the Pistonheads website an interesting article appeared relating to Track day cars and the MOT.
Most of the new rules have been introduced to keep up with the number of electronic safety systems on new cars. If there’s a warning light you’ve been trying to ignore for a while, you might want to take a second look at it. Under the new rules, any illuminated malfunction indicator lights for electronic power steering, air bags, seat belt pre-tensioners and the like could mean a failed test.
In the conclusion to the FBHVC document relating to their survey on whether Pre 1960 vehicles should be exempt from MOT testing, they state
“This report of the rigorous research undertaken provides the FBHVC board with a clear indication of what grass roots historic vehicle enthusiasts feel about the government’s proposals on MoT testing.
The results clearly indicate an overwhelming support for change (74%).”Share