Classic cars to be exempt from MOT

22nd May 2012

Classic and historic cars are set to be exempt from MOT testing, the government has announced.

From November 18th, owners of vehicles manufactured before 1960 will no longer need to take their car into a garage for its annual check-up.

Roads Minister Mike Penning claimed that the move was made in order to cut the amount of red tape faced by classic car owners.

"Owners of classic cars and motorbikes tend to be enthusiasts who maintain their vehicles well – 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," he said.

Mr Penning added that owners of classic vehicles will still legally be required to ensure that their cars are "safe and in a proper condition" to be on the road.

Official statistics show that classic cars account for around 0.6 per cent of the total number of vehicles in Britain but are involved in just 0.03 per cent of accidents.

Posted by Danielle Barge