No truth in MOT split rumours

New EU Directive does not call for separation

Published:  13 May, 2014

The future of MOT centres coexisting with garage repair workshops is secure, despite a worrying letter sent by the UK Independence Party (UKIP).

Letters sent to some garages highlight that the EU Commission is seeking to prevent MOT test stations from carrying out repair work, in an effort to ensure the system remains fair. This would cause considerable problems for UK workshops, a point the political party has made. This is a practice already conducted in some countries, however the existing UK system was brought in during the 1960's to aid the motor repair industry.

However, The EU ratified its new Roadworthiness report on March 24th and published it on April 3rd 2014 after a long period of discussion. The new directive contains no legislation that would force the UK MOT sector to split from workshops carrying out repairs.

Article 12.2 of the report, EU Directive 2014/45EU covers Testing Centres, stating: "To meet minimum requirements in terms of quality management, testing centres shall comply with the requirements laid down by the authorising Member State. Testing centres shall ensure the objectivity and the high quality of the roadworthiness tests."

As this directive has now been published, there is no threat to MOT centres in the UK. The new report is the first since 2009 and is not expected to be updated for at least another five years.

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