Classic vehicles may be exempted from MoT test

1959 MG Magnette

Classic cars like this 1959 MG Magnette Saloon could be exempted from the MoT.

THE burden of MoT tests could soon be lifted from owners of classic cars and motorcycles.
The Government has announced a consultation period for proposals revealed by Roads Minister Mike Penning.
The owners of historic and classic vehicles, whether they are two, three or four-wheeled, almost all maintain their charges to the highest standards. Because of this, these vehicles have a lower MoT failure rate than newer cars and are involved in far fewer crashes.
As it stands, the testing regime for such vehicles is over and above European legislation requirements so, as part of a commitment to cut red tape, the Government is suggesting the exemption from the MoT test of private vehicles built before 1960.
Mike Penning said: “We are committed to reducing regulation which places a financial burden on motorists without providing significant overall benefits. Owners of classic cars and motorbikes are enthusiasts who maintain their vehicles well — they don’t need to be told to look after them, they’re out there every weekend checking the condition of the engine, tyres and bodywork.
“That is why I am putting forward proposals to scrap the MoT test for these vehicles — this will result in savings for the Government and for motorists.”
Many of the test procedures in today’s rules can’t be applied to classic vehicles of 50 or more years of age, but that doesn’t mean that owners can neglect them. The law means they still have to make sure they are safe to go on the roads.
These proposals are separate to the larger review which the Department for Transport is currently undertaking on the MoT rules.
The consultation runs until January 26, 2012, and documentation can be found at