MoT scrapped for old timersGood news for all classic vehicle owners - from November 18th this year they are going to be exempt from taking the annual MoT test. This decision has come about thanks to already existing European legislation which says that the MoT is not necessary for classic vehicles. There has been extensive public consultation about this new proposal and the public have demonstrated a high level of support for scrapping the MoT for pre 1960 vehicles.
The thinking behind this is that owners of classic vehicles, manufactured before 1960, are enthusiasts who maintain their vehicles very well all year round. They generally have a very high MoT pass rate and a much lower accident rate than other drivers so continuing to test them every year is really unnecessary.
Everyone's a winner
Not having to take an MoT test every year will reduce costs for owners of classic vehicles and will reduce ministry of transport paperwork, which is obviously a win win situation.
Owners of these exempted older vehicles will still be legally required to make sure that their vehicles are safe and roadworthy and they can even still take an MoT on a voluntary basis if they prefer to do so.
Roads Minister Mike Penning says: "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."
Nice to hear some good news for Classic bike owners!