Classic car owners are set to become exempt from having their vehicles take an annual MOT under new proposals set out by the Department for Transport.

Roads minister Mike Penning argued classic car enthusiasts take great pride in their vehicles and therefore these cars are unlikely to be unroadworthy.

He added: "Owners of classic vehicles will still be legally required to ensure that they are safe and in a proper condition to be on the road but scrapping the MOT test for these vehicles will save motorists money."

The new legislation will come into force from November 18th this year for cars manufactured by 1960.

Earlier this month, research from Footman James revealed up to 35 per cent of classic car owners across the UK may be unknowingly breaking the law by not declaring their vehicle off the road when it is uninsured and in storage.

As many classic enthusiasts will not insure their car all year round, the company advised anyone doing so to take out a Statutory Off Road Notice or face the possibility of their vehicle being seized by the authorities.

If you're looking for cover for your classic or cherished car, speak to the classic insurance experts at Performance Direct – one of the UK's leading specialist insurers.

Posted by Michael Yates

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