One less expense if you are the proud owner of a classic car or motorbike!
From 18 November 2012 you will no longer need to have your classic car put through the MOT test.
It is believed that classic cars have a lower than national average accident rate and two thirds travel below 500 miles per annum.
The Roads Minister, 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.”
Mr Penning did add that owners would be expected to make sure that their vehicles are kept road worthy.
This decision is as a result of the Government’s “red tape” challenge designed to examine and remove unnecessary rules.
Greg Knight who is the chairperson of the all-party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group commented: “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.”
However, the owner of the Classic Car Club, Nigel Case was not impressed feeling the change was ridiculous, commenting: “Scrapping the MOT on any car is pretty daft.”
This announcement has the potential to get a “few tongues wagging”. It will be interesting to see how classic car insurance companies react in the coming weeks.
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