Former Fifth Gear host pushes for a massive MOT rule change for classic car owners09/06/2021
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In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Smith said classic cars may be involved in accidents purely due to “neglect of maintenance”. He said some incidents were simply down to owners not checking their vehicles or failing to get a second opinion.
Under the current rules, historic vehicles older than 40 years old are not required to get an MOT test.
Drivers can still get their car tested but there is no longer a mandatory requirement to do so.
Mr Smith questioned this, adding he was “slightly worried” about MOT exemption for older vehicles.
He said: “One thing I’m slightly worried about is MOT exemption.
“As someone who owns a lot of cars some people are surprised when I say I don’t entirely agree with MOT exemption.
“The danger of that is people who are not hugely mechanically knowledgeable are buying old cars and are maybe being oblivious to the fact they are not as safe as they could be.
“There is the potential backlash of having a classic car go catastrophically wrong and cause some major high profile accident only because of neglect of maintenance rather than anything else.”
He added: “It’s not the cars fault it’s because the owner didn’t check it enough or get a second opinion on some repairs.”
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When asked whether he would like to see yearly MOT tests introduced for owners of classic vehicles, Mr Smith agreed.
He told Express.co.uk: “I do think something like that would be good.
“I think modern MOTs can be unfairly harsh on an old car because the rules change every year or so.
“Certainly younger MOT testers who aren’t familiar with older cars might fail it on something that is unfair.
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