We’ve been making further enquiries, especially with regard to insurance consequences and we are pleased that the latest news from VOSA is more positive.
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 Details of all pre 1960 vehicles will be withdrawn from the VOSA database, meaning that the results of any voluntary MoT service offered will not be recorded on the official VOSA database.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
SVA for N1 light goods ceased in April 2012 with BIVA replacing it. However it now contains the C class that allows the testing of a production vehicle modified to pick-up, or modified production pick-up both of which could not be tested previously ( see http://www.the-ace.org.uk/biva-pickup-problems/ )Share
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.
There are some kits that are manufactured to fit already registered chassied vehicles and others are creating hybrids with the (almost) complete mechanicals from one vehicle with a different body fitted.
As the basic component identity of the vehicle does not change, per DVLA rules , they would not lose their ‘right to registration’ and therefore would not require SVA /BIVA.
VOSA Clarification on Body/Chassis points rules
Some of you will have taken the time to find the rules that govern how much you are allowed to modify your vehicle before its identity is called into question.
Whilst the 8 points system has been in place for at least 27 years (in its current form) DVLA have been sadly remiss in making the guidelines relating to car modifying known to those that it affects.
The EU Council have released the draft Harmonised Individual Vehicle Approval document and it’s caused a storm.
The document appears, as with the original SVA, to have completely ignored the fact that there are classes and types of vehicles that do not fit the ‘Global’ definitions the the EU likes to deal in.
The new BIVA test has a class for modified production cars(group M1) which is a big step forward from SVA and enables many more to legally modify their cars outside of the DVLA 8 points system.
However there is an anomaly in the application of the rules,which needs pointing out before you rush into building a pickup from your production car.