From 1 September 2018, electric vans which have a gross weight not exceeding 3.5 tonnes will no longer be exempt from the requirement to have an MOT if they were first registered on or after 1 March 2015. In other words, these vehicles will need their first MOT on the third anniversary of when they were registered.
If the vehicle is no longer exempt and the third anniversary has already passed, it will need a current MOT in order to be drive legally (alongside the other various requirements). Historically, electric vans have been exempt from MOT tests due to the historic legislation dating from the time where milk floats were regularly seen on our roads in the early hours. The reality in the modern era however is that electric vehicles on our roads are ever increasing, and bringing electric vans in line with other vehicles that are on our roads will ensure that they are looked after to the appropriate and required legal standard.
Goods vehicles powered by electricity which were registered before 1 March 2015 continue to be exempt from the requirement to have an MOT.
For further help or guidance from Woodfines’ Transport team, please get in touch on (Milton Keynes) 01908 202150 or (Cambridge) 01223 411421.