I recall this being the case as where I used to work, they had an ancient Dodge tow truck that smoked like you wouldnt believe and had 800k on the clock - it was even bowed in the middle slightly. It did get remedial work though. I remember commenting that it surely couldnt pass an MOT and was told it didnt have to.
Interesting to see that electric vehicles are exempt from MOT tests. I wonder if the law will be changed as it looks like there will be a big increase in the number of electric cars and vans in the next few years that perform on a par with petrol / diesel ones in all respects except range.
They are exempted because they wont go through a proper ministry test
the reason they get away with it is because these vehicles usually do a very low local mileage and the ministry of transport (as was) realised that these vehicles would be impecably maintained,those days have long gone just like the cheaper tax rate recovery vehicles used to pay (its now dearer than PLG which is why mine is plg after a little argument with dvla and plenty of photos,mine is a transit though not my old 7-1/2 tonne
Any one selling a recovery as test exempt needs to be avoided
I sold a transit recovery about 10 years ago with a breaking back,the trader i sold it to exempted it and carried on using it,it broke in half with a granada on the back so i heard
Hopefully vosa do a full roadside check on these heaps these days
This shows item j 'Goods vehicle powered by electricity'...
... nothing about cars generally and so an electric car DOES need an MOT as does an electric motorbike (I know as I have one!) but the tax is zero rated... for the moment! The only MOT exemptions for EVs are for Goods Vehicles - including (obviously) vans. Again, I had one, so I know it's true. Whether it is a good idea or not is another matter.
Vehicles exempt from M.O.T. tests are: ANY vehicle less than 3 years old...
But not minibuses. A friend is the bursar of a local school and she regularly has this argument with the MOT garages - she books them in for their MOT from 12 months, as she is required to do under some statute or other, and the garage insist that the first MOT is not due until the minibus is 3 years old.