25 May 2024
The voice of the independent garage sector

Classic fans slam government

A PLAN to scrap the MOT for pre-1960 cars have been criticised by the very group designed to benefit from it – namely classic car enthusiasts.

A campaign has been spearheaded by Classics Monthly magazine to retain annual testing for older cars. Editor Gary Stretton believes that after scratching the surface of the surface of the argument, such an exemption is dangerous and leaves classic vehicle open to more expensive options for being on the road.

“I’m opposed to the proposal. Ensuring well-intentioned but naive enthusiasts don’t put death-traps on the road and those of us who should know better don’t take risks with others’ lives is of huge importance” explained Stretton.  “The MOT test is a great leveller and I’m glad for that. It’s not about the value of the car you own, it’s about our values as owners. Are we blind enough to grab a £45 saving on MOT tests only to be at the mercy of insurance premiums and possible legislation restricting use?”

Stretton suggests that the DfT could produce a list of garages that were geared up for the needs of classic cars and that had a full understanding of how to test these old vehicles.

The proposal to drop the MOT requirement for pre-1960 vehicles stems from a meeting transport minister Mike Penning had with the all-party parliamentary classic car club in 2011. At the time he said: “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.”