Due to changes made in the law in May 2018, just under half a million cars on the road in the UK will no longer require an annual MOT.
Any car registered before 1979 is now exempt from the test. They will still be legal on the roads, despite not having a valid MOT certificate as long as they are still safe and have not been heavily modified.
The changes were made under the assumption that vehicles of this age are typically classic cars that are rarely driven and usually very well maintained. However, any car registered before 1979 that has been significantly modified over the years will still have to pass an annual MOT test.
Jesse Norman, MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Roads, Local Transport and Devolution said, during the proposal in 2017: “After considering the response, we have decided to exempt most vehicles over 40 years old from the requirement for annual roadworthiness testing. Vehicles that have been substantially changed, regardless of their age, will not be exempt.”
“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 flexible and responsive.”
The vehicles must still be kept in roadworthy condition, drivers can be fined up to £2,500 and receive 3 points on their licence for using a vehicle in a dangerous condition.