'Present vehicles for MoT at the right time' - Transport Minister

Man from the Ministry speaks of impending changes to the MoT

Published:  22 October, 2010

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/>The under secretary for transport, Mike Penning  has spoken to the motor trade about the subject of test freque

/>Speaking at a gala dinner hosted by the RMI on Thursday, Penning said: “Some of you are worried about us changing the MoT. Please don’t worry. It isn’t about Europe saying ‘you must change to 4.2.2’

/>He added: “It cannot be right that by the time some cars are presented for their first MoT they might have done 100 or 150,000 miles – there may even be a few commercial vehicles that have covered 200,000 miles. That’s why we need to make sure that we don’t take cars away from MoT test centres, rather we make sure that they get there at the right time.

/>Earlier in the year the industry was surprised to learn that a proposal to test cars no more than once every two years was considered, known as 4.2.2. While Penning suggested that the date of first test was too long, he did not elaborate on any changes being mooted for older cars that have already been registe

/>A proposal that went down better with the trade was the suggestion that he plans to get rid of toll booths on major roads, such as the gates at the Dartford Crossing. These will be replaced with some type of number plate recognition software.  “It is ridiculous that in this day and age you still have to stop, wind down your window and put coins in a bucket” he s

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