End looms for classic car MOT

Pre-1960 MOT abolition set for November 18th

Published:  22 May, 2012

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The new ruling will not exempt owners from making sure that their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition, but it will mean that testing is no longer mandatory.

However, opposition to the scheme has come from a surprising quarter. A campaign has been spearheaded by Classics Monthly magazine to retain testing for these vehicles. Editor Gary Stretton believes that after scratching the surface of the surface of the argument, such an exemption is dangerous and leaves classic vehicle open to more expensive options for being on the road.

"I'm opposed to the proposal. Ensuring well-intentioned but naive enthusiasts don't put death-traps on the road and those of us who should know better don't take risks with others' lives is of huge importance" explained Stretton.  "The MOT test is a great leveller and I'm glad for that. It's not about the value of the car you own, it's about our values as owners. Are we blind enough to grab a £45 saving on MOT tests only to be at the mercy of insurance premiums and possible legislation restricting use?"

Stretton suggests that the DfT could produce a list of garages that were geared up for the needs of classic cars and that had a full understanding of how to test these old vehicles.

Transport minister Mike Penning, who has responsibility for the MOT 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 cars and bikes will still be able to have them tested on a voluntary basis.

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