More Than 115,000 Old Cars Could Legally Be Back On The Road Without An Mot Next Week


MORE than 115,000 old cars could be legally allowed back on British roads without a valid MOT from next week.

Under new rule changes, motors older than 40 years won’t have to take an annual test to check if they are roadworthy.

Cars older than 40 years won’t need a valid MOT to legally get on the road

According to research by Kwik Fit, this could allow 116,927 classic motors that are currently under a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) back on the road.

From Sunday, owners of cars built before 1978 will simply have to declare each year that their car meets the rules for not needing an MOT.

And the majority of classic cars to be exempt from compulsory services will be from the MG, Triumph, VW, Ford and Morris brands, which have the greatest number of 40-58-year-old vehicles currently registered off road in the UK.

But popular British classics from Jaguar and Austin-Healey will also be exempt from MOT checks.

Popular Jaguar E-Types will be allowed on the road without an MOT

Current rules mean cars registered before 1960 don’t need an MOT, but the new 40-year-old rolling period will push that date forward 18 years.

The responsibility is now on the owners to ensure their car meets roadworthiness standards if it’s exempt from an MOT.

Anyone found to be driving a car on the road that’s in a dangerous condition could be slapped with a fine of up to £2,5000 and three penalty points.

The Austin Healy rare Austin Healey 3000 Mk1 won’t need an MOT

Eric Smith, MOT scheme manager at Kwik Fit said: “In the main, classic car owners look after their vehicles very carefully and ensure that their pride and joy is in mint condition.

“However, we would encourage anyone driving a car of this age after it has been off the road for some time on a SORN to make thorough checks.

“As these older cars don’t tend to do many miles each year, it’s especially important to check tyres as although the tread depth may still be legal, their age may make them dangerous.

“If any classic car owner has not been driving their vehicle because it would fail an MOT, the new rules don’t allow them to put it straight back on the road.

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“Although they don’t need to take a test, they must ensure the car’s roadworthy or they could face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points.”

When the change was first announced in September last year, more than half of Brit drivers opposed the 40-year-rule, with concerns over rust-bucket old cars being allowed on the road.

But the Department for Transport said these classics are often kept in good condition by owners and not used regularly enough to warrant an MOT.

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