Classic cars could become exempt from needing MOTs

A pair of Headington-based classic car owners have advised motorists that it is well worth continuing to pay for a yearly MOT, even when their classic cars become exempt from needing the check.

Jason and Tania Field own 20 vehicles, some from the 1970s, and plan to continue to get their classic cars checked each year in order to ensure they are safe and roadworthy.

Over the coming two years, the Department for Transport has suggested that it plans to alter the cut-off point for MoTs, from the current level of cars built prior to 1970 to those built before 1977. This would mean that some of the classic minis owned by Mr and Mrs Field would no longer need to have a yearly MOT check.

Despite the fact that certain class vehicles may become exempt from the MOT check, it is still vital to ensure the correct insurance is in place for each car on the road, driven by your mechanics. Be sure to keep abreast of any changes to your road risks insurance regardless of the decisions made about MOT requirements.

Mr Field, 44 said: "With a 20-car fleet it costs about £1,000 for the MoTs to keep them on the road. Lots of enthusiasts are more than capable of maintaining old cars but I still think it is worth getting our cars checked every year.

"Once your car has had an MoT from a qualified mechanic you know it is roadworthy – for about £50 every year you can have peace of mind. I'm taking the Mk3 Cooper S to Italy next month for a charity run which has an Italian Job theme so I need to know that the car is roadworthy and ready to go.

The proposed Department for Transport move could mean that 331,000 cars that are registered between 1960 and 1977 being exempt from needing yearly MOT testing unless they have been subject to extensive modifications.

The Department for Transport said: "Classic and historic vehicles are often very well maintained by their owners and have a much lower accident and MoT failure rate than newer vehicles."