The PRO-MOTE campaign refers to ‘the DfT’s own figures which estimate that up to 3,000 more road deaths and serious injuries would occur if annual safety tests ended’.
PRO-MOTE says that more than 25 organisations representing motorists, road safety campaigners, cyclists, small businesses, insurers and the wider motor industry are backing the campaign to press ministers to rule out a reduction in the frequency of MOT testing.
The Government has announced its intention to review the current testing system and has talked about moving away from the existing 3-1-1 system, under which new cars and vans are tested after three years and every year thereafter. Most other EU countries operate a 4-2-2 system which tests new cars at four years and then at two-yearly intervals thereafter.
In response to the proposals, the PRO-MOTE campaign has published a report titled – ‘Dangerous, Expensive and Unwanted: The case against reducing the frequency of MOT testing.’
The report argues that:
• The annual increase in deaths and serious injuries resulting from more defective cars being on the road could be up to 3,000.
• Any saving to the motorist in terms of fees would be far outweighed by likely increases in insurance premiums and repairs.
• 94% of drivers think the MOT Test is very (71%) or quite (23%) important to road safety.
• Carbon emissions are likely to increase if annual tests are scrapped
• Up to 40,000 jobs in the MOT industry, including a large number of apprenticeships, would be at risk.
The campaign is writing to ministers and MPs and encouraging supporters to sign an online petition via the campaign website.
Edmund King, president of the AA, says: “The Government should state that they will not change the frequency of MOTs.”
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake, the road safety charity, says: “Downgrading the system so MOTs are only required every two years is a nonsensical and inhumane policy that would mean many more needless tragedies.”
Nigel Bartram, senior motor underwriting manager at Aviva, says: “The MOT is the only time some vehicles receive any safety checks and maintenance, and to reduce the frequency of this check could cost lives.”
James Gibson, spokesperson for Road Safety GB, says: “Road Safety GB is keen to support the PRO-MOTE campaign – the evidence shows that changing the testing regime will reduce safety on our roads.”