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Pre-1960 cars win MoT exemption
Cars built before 1960 no longer have to pass an annual MoT, following a decision AA president Edmund King has heralded as “a victory for common sense”.
Roads minister Mike Penning has today made the announcement, following months of consultation into the costs and benefits.
It has been decided that classic cars are so well cared for and so rarely used compared to normal cars, they warrant an exemption from the annual roadwortiness test.
Statistics back this up: pre-1960 cars make up 0.6 per cent of cars on British roads – yet are involved in just 0.03 per cent of accidents. The lack of such road safety concerns has led the government to make the move.
Public consultation showed a high level of support for the proposal, said the government.
Penning MP said the move was part of the government’s commitment to cutting red tape.
“Owners of classic cars and motorbikes tend to be enthusiasts who maintain their vehicles well,” he said.
“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.”
The new MoT exemption for pre-1960 cars will come into force on 18 November 2012. Owners will, in addition, still be able to take MoT tests on a voluntary basis.
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