Extending the time before a vehicle faces its first MoT test proposed by the Department of Transport has been criticised as dangerous for high mileage models of cars, vans and commercial vehicles.
Following the announcement of a new government consultation on possible changes to the MOT, RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said,“While we’re not opposed to delaying a new vehicle’s first MOT, we believe there should be a requirement for particularly high mileage vehicles to be tested sooner. If the Government is looking to improve the MOT, now is the ideal time to take into account how much a vehicle is driven, alongside the number of years it’s been on the road.
“We’re also disappointed the Government is still entertaining the idea of increasing the time between MOTs. Our research clearly shows drivers don’t agree with this and believe it’s dangerous. It would also likely increase the number of unroadworthy vehicles on our roads – putting lives at risk – and not save drivers any money as they would likely end up with bigger repair bills as a result.
“Given the technological advances of driving aids in cars and the increasing adoption of electric vehicles, there is an argument that suggests the MOT will need to adapt accordingly in the future. Certainly, moves to check for faulty or removed diesel particulate filters will improve air quality by targeting dirty vehicles.”
Garages want more time to prepare their reply to the consultation.
The Independent Garage Association has written to the Department for Transport, urgently requesting an extension to their consultation proposing changes to the MOT frequency and other MOT enhancements.
Stuart James, IGA Chief Executive said, “The content of this consultation contains highly complex and important subjects, relating not just to the frequency of the MOT but updates to multiple areas of the MOT system, which will have far reaching consequences for consumers and the automotive sector alike.
“Previous consultations reviewing changes to the frequency of the MOT test had a consultation period of approximately 12 weeks, however the DfT’s new consultation is running for only six weeks.”