What MoT class is a campervan?

I have owned a Fiat Ducato panel van that was professionally converted to a camper van before it was first registered by the DOT. Its unladen weight is 2800 kg, gross weight is 3200 kg and it has always been MoT tested as a Class 4. A new MoT tester refused to test it saying that if its over 3000kg for the gross weight it's classed as MoT class 7 and as they can't test class 7. I would have to take it to a garage that does heavy vehicles and vans, have the MoT testing regulations changed ?

Asked on 22 February 2024 by belgie

Answered by Craig Cheetham
This is actually quite a grey area in terms of MoT testing. Technically, the MoT tester is correct insofar as vans with a gross weight (GVW) of 3000kg to 3500kg require a Class 7 MoT, but there is an exemption that exists allowing professionally converted motorhomes up to 3500kg GVW to be tested as Class 4 - if they are registered as motor caravans on the V5C registration document. This is at the discretion of the tester, though, as not all Class 4 MoT bays are large enough to accommodate such a vehicle. In reality the difference between Class 4 and Class 7 tests is negligible in terms of pricing and the items tested are broadly the same so you could get it tested at a Class 7 centre without too much hassle.
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