MoT for pre-war cars to be reviewed

Transport Minister Mike Penning has promised to look into demands that vintage pre-war vehicles be exempt from annual MoT tests.

The All Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group, which had a meeting with the minister, said historic and classic cars are prized by their owners and mostly kept in prime condition.

Accidents involving such vehicles are extremely rare, so there is hardly any need for them to have an annual MoT test, the group added.

Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, who heads the group, stated: "This review is well overdue and I welcome it. I believe that any date of exemption should be a rolling one."

Mr Penning said: "The MoT test is important in helping to ensure that cars are safe for use on our roads. However, we need to be sure that the regulations we impose are having their intended effect. That is why I am going to look at whether there is a case for exempting older historic and classic vehicles from the MoT test.

"These vehicles are treasured by their owners who want to ensure they are well maintained, and in most cases they use them irregularly. I have asked my officials to look at the evidence on this issue and we will carry out a full consultation to allow interested groups to submit views".

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