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In an unusual step by the Government, to reduce “Red Tape” the roads minister has announced that from November many older cars will not have to take an MoT test. Cars manufactured before 1960 are the focus of this new move.
The minister commented that he believed the cars were looked after very well by their proud owners and in fact were probably in better mechanical condition that some newer cars. In addition, there are only around 162,000 such cars in the UK which is about 0.6% of the total number of licensed vehicles in Britain; and it was estimated that about two thirds of these vehicles travelled less than 500 miles per year.
The owners of classic cars and motorbikes are extremely careful drivers and have a much lower accident rate at just 0.03% of all road casualties and accidents. These owners do not need to be told their cars need looking after they are already doing it with much love and attention, in all weathers.
A campaign by the All-Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group has brought about this decision and a representative of the group has made it clear that he is delighted with the result.
Owners will be obliged to make sure their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition and could still be fined if caught by the police with an improperly maintained vehicle.