MOT changes are ‘speculation’: DfT

08.35 | 30 August 2011 |

In the wake of recent press coverage about the impending MOT review and possible changes to its frequency, the DfT has told the motor industry that no decisions have been made.

In a letter to the Retail Motor Industry (RMI), the DfT stated that although test frequency was under review, this is a small part of a much broader review. It added that any reference in the press stating that the first MOT test will take place when a car is four years old – rather than three years as at present – is purely speculation. 

John Ball, RMI MOT chairman, said: “It is positive news that the DfT has still not come to any conclusions on the frequency of MOT testing. The RMI, along with other trade colleagues, have been engaged with the DfT for some time on the wider issues around the current test and continue to view the review as a positive step. There are many areas of the MOT that could be improved and we have been in discussions with the DfT to air our views on what positive changes could be made. 

“However this does not deflect our opposition to any change to the frequency of MOT testing. With more cars failing their MOT test than ever, and tight household incomes stopping drivers servicing their cars regularly, a change to the frequency of testing could have a catastrophic effect on road safety."

Click here to read the full RMI report.


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