Classic bikes exempt from MoT

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Bikes made before 1960 will no longer have to pass an MoT test, the Government has confirmed.

They will be exempt along with other vehicles of the same age from November 18 this year.

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. They’re out there in all weathers checking the condition of the engine, tyres and bodywork.”

Owners will still be able to submit exempt machines for an MoT test voluntarily, the Department for Transport said.

A BMF spokesman warned: “It might well mean that motor insurance providers will require historic vehicles to have been tested as proof of road worthiness.”

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Steve Farrell

By Steve Farrell