Classic cars and motorbikes could be exempt from MoT test

4th November 2011

Owners of classic cars and motorbikes may not have to take their vehicles for an MoT test under new government proposals.

The Department for Transport has announced that it intends to review the current regulations which require vehicles manufactured before 1960 to undergo an MoT test.

Classic vehicles are often very well maintained by their owners and figures shows that they are involved in fewer accidents than more modern cars. Furthermore, many of the features of the current MoT test are not suitable for testing older vehicles built more than 50 years ago.

Roads minister Mike Penning said: "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.

"That is why I am today putting forward proposals to scrap the MoT test for these vehicles – this will result in savings for the Government and for motorists."

Should the proposals be enforced, owners of classic cars will still be legally required to ensure that their vehicles are safe and roadworthy. 

Posted by Danielle Barge