The National Traction Engine Trust

As promised, Robert Goodwill MP, one of our Patrons, has made contact with the DfT asking for the clarification on the issues on Roadworthiness that had been outlined to him, and consequently a communication has been recevied via Robert from a senior DfT Roadworthiness Testing policy maker. 

The communication was unfortunately received too late to be included in the Technical Services Units submission for the recent issue of Steaming.  That artice is now subject to modification, but in a positive manner..

The advice we can now give, and which we ask you to accurately share amongst our steaming friends, is as follows;

  1. If your vehicle is already registered as an ' Historic Vehicle' you may find that exemption from MOT Testing has been automatically applied; you will know this if you successfully attempt to re-tax the vehicle using the DVLA's on-line service, i.e. your request is not challenged and dismissed. If the attempt to re-tax is dismissed then follow these guidelines below;
  2. If the vehicle weighs less than 3.5 tonne, was first registered over 40 years ago, and has not been substantially modified in the past 30 years (no definition has yet been given to 'substantially modified' for steam vehicles) then exemption can be claimed at the Post Office using DVLA Form V112 'Declaration of Exemption from MOT' and ticking Category 'r' - A Vehicle of Historic Interest - VHI.
  3. If your vehicle weighs less than 3.5 tonnes and is not a VHI but is not capable of exceeding 15.5 mph by design, exemption should be claimed using Category 'o' on DVLA Form V112
  4. If your vehicle weighs more than 3.5 tonne and is a Road Roller exemption should be claimed using Category '2' on DVLA Form V112G.
  5. If your vehicle weighs more than 3.5 tonne and is any form of Steam propelled vehicle other than a Road Roller, exemption should be claimed using Category '26' - 'Steam Propelled Vehicle', on DVLA Form V112G - this form assumes everything above 3.5 tonnes weight is a goods vehicle. Don't challenge it, the DVLA appear to have accepted this blurred edge approach.

The National Traction Engine Trust believes that the above categories, agreed to by the DfT should allow all types of steam vehicles to claim exemption to MOT.

30 Jul 2018