MOT consultation 'could be July'

4-1-1 proposals set to be discussed

Published:  19 April, 2016

Plans to extend the MOT for new vehicles to four years are not ‘dead and burried’ with a government consultation looming.

In the 2015 budget, Chancellor George Osbourne announced that he would be increasing the MOT exemption for newly registered cars from three years to four in an effort to benefit the motorist. The plans have been met with outcry by the automotive industry and the Automotive Aftermarket Liason Group, featuring trade bodies such as the RMI, IGA, IAAF and GEA amongst others, have set up the proMOTe campaign to highlight to the public the dangers of such a move.

Dave Garratt, CEO of the Garage Equipment Association met with the Department for Transport (DfT) where the discussion over the consultation came up. He told Aftermarket: “I asked whether the proposal was still on the table or if it had been quietly shelved and was told that it was still very much alive and would be happening after the EU referendum in early summer. When I pushed further I was told that it could happen in July, before the Parliament summer break when MPs would not return to the house until September, which would have been the worst case senario.”

A spokesperson from the DfT was unable to confirm the exact timing of the consultation but did tell Aftermarket that it would be going ahead. An email seen by the magazine states: "...the consultation would shortly be sent to the Regulatory Reform Committee which takes around 6 weeks  for a response, and that subject to their comments we would then be ready to publish, probably no earlier than July."

The proMOTe campaign is currently preparing to challenge the government view at consultation on the grounds that moving to a 4-1-1 system would have a detrimental impact on the UK’s road safety record. In November 2008, the Department of Transport published a study into the likely impact of reducing the frequency of MOT tests. It found that a move from the current MOT frequency regime of testing new cars after three years and annually thereafter would increase the number of unroadworthy vehicles on the road and risked a significant increase in the number of additional road deaths and serious injuries every year.

In March 2016 Aftermarket published a release from the DVSA which stated that 40% of cars failed their first MOT test after three years, which led to questions over how many unsafe cars would be on the roads if they went unchecked for a further 12 months.

Aftermarket is a supporter of the proMOTe campaign. If you want the MOT to remain in its current 3-1-1 guise, you can help by writing to your local MP or to the Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 4DR. Every letter could aid the AALG in overturning this proposition and keeping the UK’s road safety record intact.

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