Classic cars could be MOT exempt

Classic car owners will be pleased to hear that soon your treasured vehicle could be exempted from having to undergo the standard annual MOT.

The proposal has been published for consultation Roads Minister Mike Penning.

The theory is that classic and historic cars are usually very well maintained by their owners, often helped by using the best car polish and scratch removers available, and have a much lower accident and MOT failure rate than the majority of modern vehicles.

At present, the UK's current requirements for vehicles to undergo an MOT test is in excess of the obligations set out in European legislation.

The government say that an MOT exemption for vehicles manufactured prior to 1960 would help underline their commitment to cutting unnecessary red tape, and would also help drivers cut costs at a time of severe economic gloom.

Mr Penning, who is also the Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead, stated: "We are committed to reducing regulation which places a financial burden on motorists without providing significant overall benefits.

"Owners of classic cars and motorbikes are enthusiasts who maintain their vehicles well – they don't need to be told to look after them, they're out there every weekend checking the condition of the engine, tyres and bodywork."

It has also been noted that many of the features of the modern MOT test are not suitable vehicles aged over 50 years, although classic car owners will still be legally required to ensure that their cars are safe and in adequate condition to be the nation's roads.

The proposed change is being taken forward as part of Department for Transport's main MOT review and consultation is expected to be completed in January 2012.

Estimates suggest that cars pre-dating 1960 make up 0.6 per cent of total vehicles on roads throughout Great Britain.

Posted by Mark Henderson

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