“No credible argument” to change test frequency warns IAAF

Published:  18 January, 2023

The IAAF will be putting the case to keep the current 3-1-1 MOT frequency, following the launch of the DfT consultation on the future of the test today (Wednesday 18 January).


Mark Field, IAAF Chief Executive, said: “Any increase in the first test frequency will see the number of defective vehicles on UK roads rise, which could also lead to more road accidents and fatalities, says IAAF. As for advancements in technology, MOT failures are disproportionately high for electric vehicles when they are first tested at three years. Additionally, there will not be any official mileage or emissions checks recorded until after four years.”

Changing the frequency of the MOT could affect general servicing too, as Mark noted: “Evidence also shows MOT and servicing is often done at the same time as each other, so a reduction in test frequency means a reduction in servicing, further separating a motorist’s responsibility on a vehicle’s roadworthiness. Delaying vehicle inspections may lead to higher repair costs for motorists who may not know that dangerous faults are developing with their vehicles.”

“Despite advancements in vehicle technology, there is no evidence to support suggestions that modern vehicles are less likely to suffer from wear and tear and safety-related defects. And, with safety critical items, such as tyres and brakes, still the main cause for MOT failures, any extension is extremely concerning.”

Mark added: “The DfT has put forward no credible argument for changing the MOT first test from three years to four years. It’s bad for the motorist, the environment, the public and motor industry and we will fight any measures that threaten road safety.”

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