A host of organisations,including Road Safety GB, have welcomed today’s (1 February 2012) announcement that the Government will not be changing the frequency of the MOT test.
In a written ministerial statement, Justine Greening, the transport secretary, said: “Having listened closely to the very many views put forward and considered the available evidence, I have decided that I am not going to carry out further work in relation to relaxing the first test date or the frequency of testing.”
Pro-MOTe, the lobby group that has been campaigning to retain the annual MOT test, has been supported by more than 30 organisations.
James Gibson, spokesperson for Road Safety GB, said: “Road Safety GB always supported the retention of the annual MOT test and has been proud to be part the Pro-MOTe campaign. The evidence showed that changing the testing regime would reduce safety and the Government has done the right thing by listening to professionals and the public. Congratulations to the Pro-MOTe team."
Bill Duffy, coordinator of Pro-MOTe and CEO of Halford Autocentres, said: “Reducing the frequency of MOTs would have been dangerous, expensive and unwanted, and we welcome the Government’s sensible decision to drop the idea.
“The proposal to reduce MOT frequency was opposed by organisations across the board, from industry to road safety campaigners to insurance companies and others. Their support for Pro-MOTe and its objective was a major factor in persuading ministers that the maintenance of annual MOTs was the right way forward.
“We look forward to working with Government on how to make the MOT test better and to ensure consumers receive the best customer service.”
Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “The IAM welcomes today’s announcement on MOT testing with its strong focus on improving customer service and experience of the MOT test. A recent IAM survey showed that most drivers were happy with the three year frequency but many had concerns with the quality of MOT testing stations.”