what you need to know about VED and MoT requirements for historic vehicles

After due consideration, last September the Department for Transport (DfT) gave the change its blessing, although the details weren’t finalised until May. Even then there was confusion, as it seemed that Post Offices weren’t aware of the new rules.

It would help if there were consistency in reference to “old vehicles” in the Vehicle and Registration Act (VERA), but “vehicles of historic interest” or plain “classics” elsewhere. The House of Commons (HoC) VED Briefing Paper published in November refers to older vehicles and classics, while the Gov.uk website hedges its bets and refers to “Historic (classic) vehicles”. 

And, while we’re on the subject, how about dropping the archaic term “log book” when we’ve had the V5C vehicle registration document for several generations?

To sum up the present position: no VED is payable for a (private) historic vehicle built on or before December 31st 1977, or first registered between January 1st and January 7th, 1978. To benefit, the vehicle must be registered in the historic tax class.

A vehicle doesn’t need an MoT certificate if it was built or first registered more than 40 years ago, has no substantial changes, and a form V112 declaration has been made.

What a munificent Government we have.

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