Vehicles manufactured before 1960 will be exempt from MoT testing, roads minister Mike Penning has confirmed
21 May 2012

Vehicles manufactured before 1960 will be exempt from MoT testing, roads minister Mike Penning has confirmed.

The new law, which takes effect from November 18, aims to cut the red tape faced by owners, who otherwise “tend to be enthusiasts who maintain their vehicles well” Penning said.

“They don't need to be told to look after them, they're out there in all weathers checking the condition of the engine, tyres and bodywork.

"Owners of classic vehicles will still be legally required to ensure that they are safe and in a proper condition but scrapping the MoT test for these vehicles will save motorists money," Penning added.

In Britain, cars registered before 1960 make up 0.6 per cent of vehicles on our roads today, but are involved in just 0.03 per cent of accidents, according to statistics.

AA president Edmund King said: "Cutting the red tape of an MoT requirement for classic pre-1960 cars is a victory for common sense."

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21 May 2012

Every Tory toff has got a classic in the garage...................So my 36 month old Clio has to be inspected but a 1959 Morris minor doesn`t, nonsense.

21 May 2012

jonfortwo wrote:

Every Tory toff has got a classic in the garage...................So my 36 month old Clio has to be inspected but a 1959 Morris minor doesn`t, nonsense.

Correct assumption. Whilst Grandpa potters to the village and maybe even to the grandkids in his 1958 Hillman minx that he truley loves and washes but cant afford to maintain - an accident waiting to happen me thinks. What really needs to be done, as in a lot of other countries, through the ADAC or the RAC or whatever is in the country - is to set up an "official" classic car registry, and issue another special road licence. This needs to be rechecked every 3 years for safety reasons. But this would stop stupid plonkers down on the farm taking their 1958 tatty landy for a run to the pub!

what's life without imagination

22 May 2012

Have to say this doesn't matter,there not on the road everyday,some are trucked to shows, but i do think there insurance should be higher, because the rest of us are taxed so heavily for the priveledge of driving on the Queens highway a token sop towards us would be an increase in there insurance instead of this ultra low nonsense.

Peter Cavellini.

21 May 2012

And the effect in the real world is..... Nothing.

21 May 2012

I have no problem with this............ other than those that are not "enthusiasts" and drive the dreaded rust bucket.

22 May 2012

audiolab wrote:

I have no problem with this............ other than those that are not "enthusiasts" and drive the dreaded rust bucket.

I agree with this - surely most enthusiasts who own a classic are sufficiently keen to preserve their cars that they are probably far better maintained than most modern cars.

I could image though that mayb the reason for this dispensation is that the standard of competance of the average MOT garage mechanic is insufficient to cope with the "old fashioned" engines and systems associated with an 50/60 year old car - no plug-in diagnostics to tell them what's wrong !


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21 May 2012

I would worry that with the lack of an MOT might come some usage restrictions in time. Overall taking your car for an MOT is not really that difficult, and its hardly expensive if you dont need anything.

If the government want to do something constructive for older car owners how about the re introduction of the rolling 25 year road tax exemption? (Just incae anyone is wondering, this wont affect me either way, it just seems daft taxing old cars which go almost no where, whilst allowing most new cars to pay at a lower rate because they meet some arbitary test figure.

21 May 2012

Jonfortwo, I can't see it being a class thing - there are plenty of pre 1960 old bangers you could pick up for a lot less than the Clio if you really wanted to. It's hardly a benefit, rather just removing some tedious admin.

 

21 May 2012

Orangewheels wrote:

Jonfortwo, I can't see it being a class thing -

really? I disagree.

21 May 2012

"A class issue?"

Utter tosh.

I regularly frequent air cool vw shows and can assure you they are attended, in part, by an enthusiatic under class.

Long may it continue.

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