Time for a CLASSIC VW MoT - Pass or Fail?
The governing body in question is actually now called the Department for Transport, but we still know it as an MoT test, harkening back to when the department was called the Ministry of Transport. Either way this department mandates periodic testing for vehicles of a certain age driven on public roads. If your beloved classic Volkswagen is due for its first or next MOT Test, here are a few things that we get asked often enough to feel that the topic is one that is worth sharing with everyone. By the way, do you think classic cars and vans should be exempt from MoT testing? Is enthusiasm a suitable substitute for competence? After all, simply because someone is keen to work on their vehicle does not mean they know what they are doing. Send us your thoughts at #classicmot on our facebook page.
Pre 1960? - Under Article 4(2) of the EU Directive 2009/40/EC, vehicles registered before 1960 are exempt from the yearly MoT test. Compulsory vehicle
testing was introduced in Great Britain in 1960 when the Motor Vehicles (Tests) Regulations 1960 came into operation. Initially the test - which became known as the 'MOT' test - was limited to braking,
steering and lighting equipment. New items and different standards have been introduced from time to time, including:
1968 - a tyre check; 1969 - a check for the presence of legally required seat belts; 1977 - checks of windscreen wipers and washers, direction indicators, stoplights, horns, exhaust system and condition of the body structure and chassis together with a more detailed check on seat belts;
...until our current day. A test record is created on VOSA’s MOT database and a Test Certificate issued following successful completion of an examination.