All clas­sic cars need a reg­u­lar check-up

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

SIR – Jesse Nor­man, Par­lia­men­tary Un­der Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port, re­cently an­nounced that clas­sic cars over 40 years old will be ex­empted from MOT test­ing from May 2018.

While the ap­pear­ance of highly pol­ished and cher­ished ve­hi­cles will have been matched by the state of their run­ning com­po­nents and chas­sis on the day of their MOT, de­te­ri­o­ra­tion clearly could take place be­fore the next test is due – ig­nor­ing the fact that any new test would not be legally re­quired.

This is an out-of-touch change in the law, and it is to be hoped that in­sur­ance com­pa­nies will in­sist on the con­tin­u­ing need for such test­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Nigel Weekes

St Al­bans, Hert­ford­shire

The wheel thing: a vin­tage MG at a clas­sic car rally in Walling­ford, Ox­ford­shire

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