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Published Date: 07/11/2012

Classic cars to become exempt from MOTs from NovemberIf you’re the owner of a classic BMW, or indeed any classic car, you may be happy to hear that your prized auto will no longer be obliged to undergo an MOT.

The move was recently announced by roads minister Mike Penning, and will take effect on the 18th of November.

An estimated 162,000 pre-1960 cars will be affected by the news, which has come about because of the way owners of classic cars are said to ensure their vehicles’ road-worthiness. It is also a result of the government’s desire to remove red tape from various aspects of life in the UK, particularly if it is deemed especially unnecessary.

Ministers believe that the care and attention lavished on classic cars often ensures they are in better condition than many modern cars. Additional reasons behind the change include the fact that classic cars are very seldom used – estimates put annual mileage at under 500 a year – and that classic cars are less likely to be involved in an accident.

Mike Penning said: “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.”

While classic car owners will no longer be required to put their vehicle through an MOT, they will still be obliged to ensure it is roadworthy, the roads minister made clear.

The Chairman of the all-party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group, Greg Knight, was pleased by the news, commenting: “Having to have an annual MOT test for a vehicle which may only travel a few hundred miles in a year was costly and absurd.”

The removal of the MOT safety net has not been welcomed by all, however, even within the classic car community.

Nigel Case, owner of the Classic Car Club, was quick to rubbish the move, suggesting: “Scrapping the MOT on any car is pretty daft.”

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