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U.K. Sets Official Cutoff Age for Classic Cars at 40 Years with New MOT Exemption

Posted October 03, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Even though the United Kingdom’s Department for Transport rejects the term “classic car,” it set a de facto 40-year cutoff age defining them this month as it decided which historical vehicles should be exempt from annual roadworthiness testing and which should not.

Expected to grant MOT roadworthiness testing exemptions to 293,000 more vehicles, the DfT decision, released nearly a year after a public consultation on the topic, applies strictly to unmodified non-commercial “vehicles of historic interest” 40 years or older with a rolling cutoff date.

Under current U.K. law, only vehicles prior to 1960 do not have to go through roadworthiness testing every year, and no rolling cutoff is in place. About 197,000 vehicles currently qualify for that exemption.

The legal definition of classic auto just got a unique revision in the U.K.

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10/03/2017 3:09 PM

Aha! the car huggers trump the tree huggers....oh happy day

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10/03/2017 11:14 PM

Aha indeed.

A car (from estimates I have had quoted to me) takes 10 times the energy to manufacture as it uses in it's lifetime, so this is a tree and car huggers dream.

Still a way to go for my 21 year old Isuzu.

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10/05/2017 11:25 AM

In that case why not make it 20 years old as the cutoff ?

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