The government has announced that the period before a car’s first MOT test is to remain at three years.
Most respondents to the consultation were against the proposals on safety grounds, arguing that the savings to motorists were outweighed by the risk to road users and the test often highlights upcoming issues affecting the vehicle. A public survey for DfT by Populus showed fewer than half of people were in favour of the change.
Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: “Although modern cars are better built and safer than when the MOT test was last changed 50 years ago, there has been a clear public concern that any further changes don’t put people’s lives at risk. We are looking at further research to ensure the MOT test evolves with the demands of modern motoring.”
This is a great victory for both independent garages and the IGA, after lobbying on behalf of its members with the ProMOTe campaign to maintain the 3-year MOT period.