Is yours one of the half a million cars that no longer needs to take an MOT test?

A number of changes were made to the annual .

One of the alterations made was the changes to which cars do and do not need to take the annual roadworthiness test in Britain.

What it means is that any car registered before 1970 is exempt from the test.

Before the change, any car manufactured before 1960 did not need to take the test.

It is estimated that around 1.5 per cent of cars on the roads in the UK will not need to take the test.

Despite no longer needing to take the test they will still be legal on the roads as long as they are still safe and not heavily modified. 

The total amount of vehicles which will be exempt from the test is estimated at 497,000.

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When the change was made 300,000 cars were added to the 197,000 that were already exempt.

The move was justified as it was stated that vehicles of this area are typically classic vehicles that are rarely driven.

It is also argued that cars of this area are also well maintained and only occasionally used.

There is, however a caveat to the change which means that any model significantly changed or modified over the years will have to still adhere to the annual MOT test.

The MOT test is also not something that is fit for purpose for older cars as there have bene new checks introduced and stricter standards.

Cars that are exempt forth MOT will also need to check basic car functions such as the clutch and brakes would need to be undertaken.

Jesse Norman MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Roads, Local Transport and Devolution said in the proposal in 2017: “After considering the responses, we have decided to exempt most vehicles over 40 years old from the requirement for annual roadworthiness testing.

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“Vehicles that have been substantially changed, regardless of their age, will not be exempt from annual roadworthiness testing.

“We do not propose to set out in legislation a definition of ‘substantial change’ but will be including this in guidance so that it can remain more flexible and responsive.”

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