Introduction A Issue Date March 2019 12 A2.1 Exemptions Detailed legislation on vehicles exempt from the MOT is set out in the Motor Vehicles Test Regulations 1981 regulation 6 (as amended, and in the Road Traffic Act 1988 Section 189. Examples of vehicles exempted from MOT testing include those constructed or first registered more than 40 years ago and not substantially modified track laying vehicles, vehicles constructed or adapted to form part of an articulated combination. Note pickup vehicles with a fifth wheel should not be considered an articulated vehicle and should be tested as normal. works trucks, trailers, pedestrian controlled mechanically propelled vehicles electrically powered pedal cycles. Legislation also exempts vehicles used in particular ways (e.g. travelling to and from test) or particular places (e.g. some islands) from the need to have a valid MOT test certificate. It should be noted that trailers constructed or adapted for the carriage of goods or burden with an unladen weight of more than 1,020 kg and vehicles forming part of an articulated combination are subject to heavy goods vehicle (HGV) plating and testing. It should also be noted that even when a vehicle is not required to have a test certificate it must still be maintained in a roadworthy condition.