UK motorists against proposed MOT change

11.45 | 11 January 2012 |

52% of motorists are against Government proposals to change the frequency of the current MOT test, according to a survey commissioned by GEM Motoring Assist.

Only 26% of respondents said they would back Government proposals to make the MOT test biennial, while 22% were unsure.

According to GEM Motoring Assist, the survey of 3,000 UK motorists reveals that drivers would be worried about leaving a two year gap between MOT tests; with nearly 50% being concerned about potential mechanical failure.

The survey also shows that more than half of UK drivers believe that the change in the law would see car maintenance standards deteriorate and feel reassured of their car’s safety and roadworthiness with the current system.

44% of drivers believe the MOT law change would have a negative impact on road safety in the UK, according to the survey.

David Williams MBE, GEM chief executive, said: “Road safety should never be compromised and we are fierce supporters of the ProMOTe campaign to lobby the Government against these plans.

“The results prove that having such a regular service gives the public peace of mind when it comes to driving a safe and reliable vehicle. We know that drivers rarely check their cars themselves and leaving it two years will mean we will have unsafe and sub-standard cars on our roads.

“The proposed biennial MOT system will undoubtedly have a negative impact on road safety and put more lives at risk unnecessarily every year.”

Click here to visit the ProMOTe campaign website.

For more information contact Katie Murphy or Kim Lusher on 08453 700 771 / 773.


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