Bid to exempt classic cars from MOT

Transport minister Mike Penning has published new proposals for consultation, under which classic cars might not have to undergo MOT tests.

The Government is considering scrapping the tests for vehicles produced before 1960 as many features of modern MOT exams are not suitable for assessing them, according to Mr Penning.

Owners of classic and historic cars often keep their vehicles in good condition, he said.

Mr Penning said: "We are committed to reducing regulation which places a financial burden on motorists without providing significant overall benefits. Owners of classic cars and motorbikes are enthusiasts who maintain their vehicles well - they don't need to be told to look after them, they're out there every weekend checking the condition of the engine, tyres and bodywork."

A comprehensivecar insurance policy is still vital for such vehicles, while it is also important to ensure that they are in a proper condition.

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