MoT scrapped for pre-1960 classics

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In a shock move the Department for Transport has just announced that MoT tests for pre-1960 cars are to be abolished.

However, owners of vehicles that are exempted from the MoT test will still be legally required to ensure that their cars are safe, roadworthy and in a proper condition to be on the road.

The move is sure to cause controversy because polls showed that many classic owners wanted to retain the MoT.

Plus the move seems to solely shift the onus on to owners to make sure that their cars are safe, making the premise for dropping a legally enforced test redundant.

Worse still, there are widespread fears that any accidents involving test-exempt unroadworthy classics could have severe repercussions for the hobby as a whole.

The DoT decision follows a campaign by the All Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group, led by East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight (pictured above).

He dismissed the concerns of critics who claim that the annual MoT test was a regular ‘safety check’ for older vehicles and should not have been scrapped.  

He said: "Those owners lacking mechanical knowledge will still be able to submit their classic car for an MoT test. However, I am sure that many garages will also be prepared to offer a short ‘classic car safety check’ by looking at the essential items such as steering, chassis and brakes at a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost of the current MoT."

“This red-tape cutting decision is a victory for common sense.”

Welcoming the development, Mr Knight added: “I am delighted by this announcement. Accidents involving historic vehicles are extremely rare and the majority of owners are meticulous in keeping their vehicles in good condition. 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.”

Transport Minister Mike Penning said: “Historic vehicles are treasured by their owners who want to ensure they are well maintained, and in most cases they use them irregularly.”

Mr Knight added: “The modern MoT test has increasingly become irrelevant to historic vehicles which do not have ABS brakes and catalytic converters. Some do not even have brakes on each wheel! Today’s announcement is great news for historic vehicle enthusiasts.”

Comments

julianem

No no no. Bad idea.

Essential to maintain the status quo - for safety, maintenance, values and low insurance at least.

Who knows what next? End of free pre-73 taxation?

Photograph-er

Well, I have to say I think this is a step in the wrong direction.

I'm all for not paying out my £50 each year but I feel it brings more issues than just being a bit strapped for cash.

When there is an accident involving a pre-1960 car will the fact it does not have an MOT become a point of law for both sides. "You car hit **our** client and it was unsafe, prove from the mangled wreckage it wasn't" or "Your car hit **their** client. Prove from the mangled wreckage it wasn't or we won't pay out."

So, maybe the insurance companies will now require a check of all pre-1960 cars before they'll take them on. MOT? Maybe not, after all the government doesn't see them as relevent anymore, so perhaps some companies we've team up with to offer you a special discount....

Can't be good can it?

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halfnelson

Ah, the old "Victory for common sense" and "cutting red tape" argument. Never makes much sense in whatever context it's used. Wrong on so many levels.

Does old George Knight think this still is the 1950's, when everyone could safely pootle around country lanes with no other cars in sight, no motorways or congested roads, and no potholes the size of TR2's?

Tax exemption will be next on the list - after all giving out free tax discs is yet more 'red tape' that brings in no revenue.

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jagnut12

This is bad news and no doubt Insurance companies will increase their rates .Another worry  newcomer sto  classic car

ownership with little mechanical knowledge may also purchase car`s that are not in safe road worthy condition

GAZ9185

So Greg Knight has at last achieved some common sense for the old car enthusiasts. - the prophets of gloom seem to have overlooked old heavy commercials which were already exempt and not causing sensational accidents.
HOWEVER,THE FBHVC - AND MR.KNIGHT - ARE BEING VERY QUIET ABOUT THE CONSERVATIVES PROMISE BEFORE THE PREVIOUS ELECTION TO REINSTATE A CONCESSION ROLLING DATE FOR THE (NOW PUNATIVE) ROAD TAX OF £220 A YEAR. MINIMAL COST - COMPARED TO A FEW MINUTES OF FIGHTING WARS NOTHING TO DO WITH US - OR CHARGE ALL VEHICLES OVER 30 YEARS OLD,(SAY) £30 A YEAR. Did not Mr. Cameron say "fairness" and "we are all in this together". Not so!
Why is the FBHVC (and the Press) failing to encourage people to sign the CURRENT PETITION ON THE GOVERNMENT WEBSITE(Treasury) seeking return of the concession? We are out of step with Europe and much of the World on this point.

David Lowe

I am the owner of 3 classic cars, one pre-1960, and I think scrapping the MOT is a very bad idea, for all the reasons rehearsed here.
A good compromise would be to give the MOT tester discretion to issue a 1,2 or 3 year "ticket". So a newly rebuilt car ( and it is obvious which those are) could be given a longer period before the next test, whilst one where signs of wear are starting (similar to an advisory) could be issued with one year.
I urge the Minister to reconsider

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