Pre-1960 vehicles exempted from annual tests
BIKES (and cars) made before 1960 will be exempt from the MoT test after 18th November this year after a change in the law.
Since such old vehicles make up only a tiny percentage of vehicles on the road (0.6 percent), and account for an even smaller percentage of accidents (0.03 percent), the government has decided they shouldn't have to go through the same roadworthiness testing as more recent machines.
The theory is that owners of cars and bikes that old tend to treat them with kid gloves and look after them meticulously, so there's no need to check if they're skimping on maintenance.
Roads minister Mike Penning said: “Owners of classic cars and motorbikes tend to be enthusiasts who maintain their vehicles well. They don't need to be told to look after them.”
While no longer annually tested, pre-1960 machines will still have to meet all the usual legal requirements to be used on the road, with the right lighting, tyres, brakes etc. They just won't be tested on them.
With classics also qualifying for cheap insurance and free road tax, the case for running one as an everyday commuter seems to be getting increasingly strong. Would it be enough to persuade you to swap to classic bikes? If yes, then check out our guide to classic bikes.
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