The DfT has announced that classic vehicles will be exempted from the MoT test.
The DfT says that classic and historic vehicles are usually very well maintained and have a much lower accident and MoT failure rate than newer vehicles.
Following a public consultation which showed high levels of support for the proposals, vehicles manufactured before 1960 will be exempted from the MoT test from 18 November 2012. Owners will still be able to take exempt vehicles for an MoT test on a voluntary basis.
Mike Penning (centre in pic), road safety minister, said: “We are committed to cutting out red tape which costs motorists money without providing significant overall benefits. 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.
“Owners of classic vehicles will still be legally required to ensure that they are safe and in a proper condition to be on the road but scrapping the MoT test for these vehicles will save motorists money.”