Classic cars exempt from MOT

The government has announced that classic and historic vehicles are to be exempted from annual MOT tests.

From November 18, any vehicles manufactured before 1960 will no longer be legally required to pass an MOT test once a year, seems a bit ridiculous to me as if my Mazda MX-6 is less road worthy than a 60 year old classic car.

Classic cars, which make up around 0.6% of the total number of licensed vehicles in Britain, are involved in just 0.03% of road accidents. Consequently, following a campaign by the All-Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group, the government has acted accordingly.

Roads Minister Mike Penning told how the Government was committed to saving motorists’ money which was not “providing significant overall benefits”.

He 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.

“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.”

President of the AA, Edmund King, added: “Cutting the red tape of an MoT requirement for classic pre-1960 cars is a victory for common sense.”

Presently, vehicles must be MOT tested as soon as they have been on the road for three years, and then be retested annually.

If you’re one of the unfortunate 99.4% of drivers to not own a car predating 1960, and your vehicle needs to be tested, you can find a local deal on your MOT at either or

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