Classic cars to be exempt from MOT testing

24th July 2012

Classic car owners will no longer have to go through the arduous process of having their vehicle undergo a standard MOT test after they were made exempt from the current rules.

Roads minister Mike Penning announced the changes as part of ongoing plans to cut the amount of red tape faced by vintage automobile owners.

The revision of the rules by the Department for Transport comes amid concerns that the requirement for many vehicles to undergo MOT testing is over and above the obligations currently outlined in European legislation.

It was also noted that in many instances, classic and historic vehicles are often well maintain[ed] and have a much lower accident and MOT test failure rate than many new vehicles.

"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," Mr Penning said.

A public consultation on the subject saw the proposed changes also garner high levels of support, with vehicles made before 1960 now exempt from the rules taking effect from November 18th 2012.

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