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Pre-war car MoT 'may be scrapped'

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The need for an obligatory annual MoT test may no longer apply to pre-war cars following a meeting between the Government and an all-party vehicles group.

Transport Minister Mike Penning and members of the All Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group, headed by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, are determined to act on the issue after having had a discussion.

During a meeting, the group said that classic cars have a very low accident rate as they are rarely used by their collector owners, and should be exempt from the test. Also, the cars are kept in very good condition, being of high value to their owners.

This may come as good news for classic car insurance holders, who might see their beloved vehicles running on the road for many years to come without having to provide proof in relation to the safety and roadworthiness of the car.

Lord Montagu, said: "This review is well overdue and I welcome it. I believe that any date of exemption should be a rolling one."

Minister Mike 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".

© Press Association 2011