THE CCW VIEW: WHY WE DISAGREE WITH ANY FURTHER TEST EXEMPTIONS
We have consistently and repeatedly argued against any exemption of classic cars from the MoT test. The process towards taking classic cars out of the testing loop started in May 2012, when the Department for Transport announced the abolition of MoT testing for pre-1960 cars.
CCW concluded that this was a bad move in terms of vehicle safety, no matter how well-intentioned owners of these cars are. Sir Greg Knight MP, the chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group said at the time: ‘ This is a victory for common sense.’ We don’t agree, and are still very much against this exemption. And also any further ones, whether the reason is because the DfT wants to bring about the streamlining of roadworthiness testing. We would argue that all vehicles, regardless of age, should be subjected to annual testing. If you’re in agreement with this view, then we urge you to visit the Government’s consultation page, and register your disagreement – and if you aren’t, consider that not every classic car owner is diligent enough to check every nook and cranny of their car at least yearly.