Vehicles manufactured before 1960 are no longer required to have an MOT test, the Department for Transport has announced.
Roads Minister Mike Penning said the move is part of red tape-cutting measures inside the government. He reasons that classic and historic cars are often scrupulously maintained by their owners and have a much lower MOT failure rate than newer vehicles.
From November this year cars manufactured pre-1960 will no longer need to be presented for an MOT test, thus, says Penning, cutting costs for owners.
“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 â€“ they donâ€™t need to be told to look after them, theyâ€™re out there in all weathers checking the condition of the engine, tyres and bodywork.
â€œOwners 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,” said Penning.
The DfT has added that owners will still be able to present their vehicles for MOT on a voluntary basis.