Classic car enthusiasts call for 25 year rolling road tax exemption

Thousands of classic car enthusiasts have signed a petition asking for the Government to introduce a rolling road tax exemption for all cars over 25 years old.

The original 25-year cut off for classic car VED (road tax) exemption was scrapped when Tony Blair became prime minister in 1997.

The Conservatives announced they would bring it back as part of their manifesto – and, in 2014, announced that a rolling road tax exemption would be introduced for all classic cars over 40 years old.

While campaigners celebrated at the time, they’re now calling for the exemption to be extended to all cars over 25 years old. This could include early examples of the popular Mazda MX-5, the Land Rover Defender and the Lotus Carlton.

More than 15,000 people have signed the petition since it was created, enough to warrant an official response from the Government. If 100,000 people sign it, it could be debated in Parliament.

Since 2012, cars made before 1960 don’t have to face the yearly MoT test, however an EU directive has triggered calls for this to be changed to a 30 year rolling exemption.