The Department of Transport has just announced that from 18th November 2012 all vehicles built prior to 1960 will be exempt from the annual MOT.
The theory is that vehicles of this vintage are often owned by enthusiasts who keep them better maintained than some newer vehicles and account for just 0.03% of all accidents.
Owners will still have a legal responsibility to ensure the that their vehicles are roadworthy and could still be inspected at roadside checkpoints or even stopped by the police for a spot-check.
Government Roads Minister, Mike Penning, said:’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 – 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.
‘Owners 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.’
The exact build cut-off date is yet to be confirmed, it could mean up to December 1959 which will cover all Series Is and only the very earliest of Series IIs.
Results of the Consultation process can be found here: http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2011-27
This news item is courtesy of Land Rover World magazine.