Great news for all of us that own a Volkswagen or classic car pre 1974.
After April 2014 the exemption date under which classic cars don't pay for their tax disc has been moved form pre 1973 to pre 1974. Previously only vehicles built before Jan 1st 1973 were exempt from road tax after the government abandoned the previous 25 year rolling scheme in 1997 and there are no plans to restore the original rolling scheme. So if you own a Volkswagen registered before Jan 1st 1974 you can look forward to tax free motering. If you would like to find out more about your Volkswagen's original year of manufacturer, not the year it was registered in this country then you can contact the Volkswagen Museum for 50 euro's and get a certificate. http://automuseum.volkswagen.de/urkunden.html?&L=1
Changes to the MOT test and how it affects older vehicles.
A new European directive has introduced a number of new items to be included in the MOT test. These are mainly because manufacturers have introduced new technology to make vehicles safer on the roads but also to further standardise inspection across Europe. The main changes relate to vehicle electronic safety, warning systems, vehicle construction and use. Dashboard management lights and warning lamps are now relatively common in all makes of vehicles - the following have been added to the list of check-able items: headlamp main beam and hazard warning lamps including switches, steering, suspension and brake fluid levels, also warning lamps, high intensity discharge headlamps, washing and leveling systems, steering, suspension, brake and transmission dust covers, gaiters, steering wheel locking mechanism, drivers seat adjustment mechanism, tow-bar assembly, emission control systems including catalytic converter and illumination of speedometers.For information on MOT testing check http://www.motuk.co.uk or the DVLA https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/mot-insurance. A search of Volkswagen forums seems the most common source of failures are warning lights, CV boots and high emissions with suppliers seeing a high demand for cv boots.
Vehicles Exempt from the MOT.
If you are fortunate to have a vehicle registered before 1960 then it will no longer have to pass an MOT. However owners of vehicles exempt the MOT test will still be legally required to ensure that their cars are safe, roadworthy and in proper condition for the road. This area is essential when looking for insurance as already there are reports or a sharp rise in insurance premiums. Form V112 applies to all vehicles manufactured or registered before 1st January 1960. http://www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot/vehicles-exempt-from-mot
(With thanks from the ABVWC Treasurer original article from Surrey Aircooled Owners Club)