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."