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MOT exemption update

Published on: Sep 19 2017 at 07:20 AM


The Government will remove the exemption for the following categories of vehicle to undergo annual testing (MOT) where they are based on an HGV chassis:


- Mobile cranes;

- Break-down vehicles;

- Engineering plant and plant, not being engineering plant, which is movable plant or equipment being a motor vehicle or trailer (not constructed primarily to carry a load) especially designed and constructed for the special purposes of engineering operations;

- Trailers being drying or mixing plant designed for the production of asphalt or of bituminous or tarmacadam;

- Tower wagons;

- Road construction vehicles (but not road rollers and other specialised equipment not based on an HGV chassis);

- Electrically propelled motor vehicles registered since 1 March 2015;

- Tractor units pulling exempt trailers; and

- Motor tractors and heavy and light locomotives exempted under sections 185 and 186 (3) of the Road Traffic Act 1988, where these are based on a HGV chassis.


The changes will be implemented through amendments to the Goods Vehicles (Plating and Testing) Regulations 1988. The legal changes will take effect from 20 May 2018. To view the full report, go to



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