Proposed MoT changes sparking outrage

Earlier this year, Think Insurance brought to you the news that the Government are considering a change in the law surrounding MoT tests for vehicles in the UK.  The proposed changes will mean that motorists will only need to MoT their vehicles once every two years, compared to the current requirement to test cars annually.

Another proposed change will be relevant for new vehicles.  Owners of brand new cars could be granted an extra year before they need to get their vehicle tested.  Currently new cars are put through an MoT at three years old, but new plans from the government could see this being changed to four years.

Since the announcement that the MoT test is under review, many motoring and road safety groups have spoken out against the proposed changes.  The Ministry of Transport have been accused of being ‘reckless’ with their new proposal.

Big brands such as the RAC, Halfords and Kwik Fit and 22 other companies are campaigning for the changes not to be made.  Appeals are being made to Justine Greening, Transport Secretary, to leave things as they are in terms of the frequency of the test and when a test is required on new vehicles.

There are real fears surrounding the impact on road safety that these changes could have. According to Promote, the group founded to oppose the Governments plans, road deaths could rise by a significant 250 each year.

A spokesperson from Bridgestone, the tyre manufacturer, has spoken out against the plans “We know that a large proportion of motorists do not check their tyres regularly and the MOT has proven to be very effective in highlighting tyre problems.  The decision to change the MOT interval to two years throws up a lot of issues, primarily the inevitable increase in mileage between tyre checks”.

Despite the opposition and the appeals not to make the changes, the Government have confirmed the consultation revisions will still be going ahead.

Road Safety Minister, Mike Penning, comments, “Vehicle technology has come a long way since the 1960s when our MOT regime was introduced, which is why we want to look again at the MOT to check whether we still have the right balance of testing for modern vehicles”.
He concludes, “This will be a genuine consultation and we want to work with the industry and motorists to get the decision absolutely right”.

This article was brought to you by Think Insurance, specialists in Motor Trade Insurance.

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