MOT laws relaxed for classic vehicles

Owners of VW classic campervans and other makes of pre 1960 motorhomes are in for a bit of a bonus later this year when the Department for Transport (DfT) relaxes the rules on the yearly required MOT certificate.

In something of a surprise announcement, Roads Minister, Mike Penning, revealed that vehicles built before 1960 will no longer have to go through the annual test after November 2012. And although the number of pre 1960 vehicles on the UK roads today only accounts for approximately half of one percent of the total number of vehicles holding current MOT certificates, it will be a boost for their owners, who along with all other motorists, have felt the cost of increased fuel prices and motor insurance.

East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight, led a campaign by MPs in the Historic Vehicles Group, based in the House of Commons, and was delighted by the press release, saying: “I am delighted by this announcement. Accidents involving historic vehicles are extremely rare and the majority of owners are meticulous in keeping their vehicles in good condition. Having to have an annual MOT test for a vehicle which may only travel a few hundred miles in a year was costly and absurd.”

Campervan drivers will be particularly happy about the saving in time and money as many models such as the VW Westfalia do in fact still spend hundreds of hours each year on the road and still require a full year’s campervan insurance. Mr Penning stressed that owners would still be expected to keep the vehicles in safe working order but felt that owners of historic cars did not need the persuasion of law to carry out for what most see as a labour of love.