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Historic Motorcycles travelling in EU, MoT certificate challenge?

The BMF is urgently following up allegations that historic motorcycles over 40 years old – exempt from an MOT in the UK – may still need to carry an MOT certificate when travelling in the EU.
The question came up when a Triumph Owners Club member was stopped in this week Spain on his 1970 T100SS for a document check. He was asked for an MOT or equivalent certificate and told that his machine could be impounded if he couldn’t produce one.

Anna Zee, BMF Political and Technical Services Director, commented, “According to you need the registration certificate and insurance, and I’ve never taken any more than that, but I will follow this up.”

Dolf Willigers, General Secretary of FEMA (Federation of European Motorcyclists) added: “EU members can exclude historic vehicles from a mandatory periodic technical inspection so theoretically there should be no problem. However, they do not have to and UK is no longer an EU member state.”

The BMF has also consulted FIVA (International Federation of Historic Vehicles) for comment.

We would like to hear from anyone else who has had this happen. Please email with details.


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