Our Man James feels this is one of the most contentious issues to appear for a while. The Government propose that from November 2012, vehicles built before 1960 will not need an M.O.T.
Is this a license to abandon proper maintenance of elderly vehicles? Are the public at large about to lose confidence in the old car bearing down upon them? Will it stop or will something fall off, perhaps in the process,mowing down the proverbial bus queue?
Whilst the spirit of the Minister’s action is seemingly to recognise that owners of elderly vehicles do in the main, look after their vehicles well, drive them sensibly and demonstrate great pride of ownership, even the most careful of us will miss something vital from time to time. We need our vehicles to be regularly monitored, even on a bi -annual basis. To abandon M.O.T.’s for good is in the view of Our Man James, quite foolhardy.
For the person about to purchase a pre -1960 vehicle, a really careful inspection will be needed. No longer will one be able to skim through the car’s history and check past M.O.T. certificates with their advisory notes.
Apparently you will still be able to take a voluntary test and indeed if a purchase is contemplated it would be sensible to insist on an M.O.T. type inspection.
E.U.threatnes more mayhem.
The great and the good t’other side of the ditch now plan in about 10 years to ensure that all vehicles must be to original factory specifications. So no more putting 1275c.c. engines in Moggies and certainly you mustn’t fit better brakes to make them safer- oh no, simply will not do. When oh when are we going to rid ourselves of these idiots?
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