....or "Beware Greeks bearing gifts"
November 18th it is then, the day that vehicles in Britain that are pre-1960 no longer require a yearly MOT (safety inspection). Not wanting to be a Killjoy over this, historically governments are not in the habit of giving nowt for nowt. Rather than try to explain the reasons behind this move, here is a copy of David Milward's article from The Daily Telegraph site posted in May this year.
The changes, which will come into force on November 18, will apply to cars the estimated 162,000 cars still on the road which were built before 1960.
Despite their age ministers believe that the loving care bestowed on the cars by their owners mean that they in a better state of repair than more modern vehicles.
It is estimated that two thirds of the cars travel less than 500 miles a year and have a lower accident rate than the national average.
The decision to scrap the compulsory MoT follows the Government’s “red tape” challenge, aimed at scrapping thousands of rules deemed to be unnecessary and outdated.
“Owners of classic cars and motorbikes tend to be enthusiasts who maintain their vehicles well,” said Mike Penning, the roads minister.
“They don't need to be told to look after them, they're out there in all weathers checking the condition of the engine, tyres and bodywork.”
However owners of the cars will still be obliged to ensure their cars are in a roadworthy condition, Mr Penning added.
Greg Knight, who chairs the all-party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group. welcomed the announcement.
“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 costlyand absurd.”
However there has been some opposition to the changes. Nigel Case, owner of the Classic Car Club, described the move as ridiculous.
“Scrapping the MoT on any car is pretty daft,” he said.
Just gotta wait and see.