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Scrapping MOT could bring legal risks for fleets

The AA is urging MPs not to consider suggestions of scrapping the MOT as it highlights the possible increased risks of such a move for fleets.

The AA says scrapping the MOT could increase fleet liability

Earlier this summer a report published by think tank the Adam Smith Institute called for the MOT to be either scrapped or the frequency of inspections reduced.

The report’s authors argued that the MOT was outdated and failed to target the main cause of vehicle accidents. However, the RAC has already said such a move would be a “recipe for disaster”.

Now, ahead of Parliament returning from summer recess on 4 September, Stuart Thomas, director of fleet and SME services at the AA, has urged ministers not to put businesses at risk of legal action.

“Should Parliament consider scrapping the MOT, the AA believes it would not only put drivers in danger of experiencing more mechanical faults on the road, it would also put businesses at substantial commercial risk,” he explained

“Businesses have a legal obligation to ensure company car drivers are as safe as possible while driving. This includes conducting regular vehicle maintenance, servicing and checks to mitigate the risk of breakdowns or accidents.

“For example, if a car driver is involved in an accident that could have been prevented through regular vehicle checks, businesses may find themselves liable and obliged to assume all responsibility and costs. Organisations can be prosecuted for corporate manslaughter if an employee is involved in a fatal crash while driving their vehicle for work.

“We urge ministers to refrain from considering this absurd suggestion, and keep businesses’ commercial interests at the forefront of their decision-making.”


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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.