Resistance to MOT extension ramps up

Published:  21 May, 2020

 The MOT extension continues to see harsh resistance from the sector, as the IAAF writes to government arguing for the measure to be overturned.

In various communications with DVSA and Department for Transport (DfT), IAAF Chief Executive Wendy Williamson said the decision to extend the MOT “will inevitably have a serious impact on road safety as road worthiness can alter greatly during this period. There is also the obvious concern that due to this postponement there could be thousands of vehicles on the road that are dangerous and unroadworthy.

“Use of private vehicles, where there is no fear of direct infection from other members of the community, is increasingly the preferred option. There is more need than ever to keep cars on the road. Therefore, the MOT is an essential requirement to keep vehicles on the move.”

Wendy has additionally written to the Northern Ireland Assembly challenging the Northern Ireland infrastructure minister’s decision to extend MOT’s there for twelve months.

Previously, the IAAF has said DVSA’s decision to extend MOTs for a six-month period causes “huge challenges” for the sector, arguing that the industry needs to ensure vehicles continue to be kept safe.

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