IAAF fights MOT announcement

IAAF fights MOT announcement

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has claimed it will “fight” government plans to extend the MOT. 

This follows the government’s decision to launch a public consultation into the future of MOTs in the UK.

IAAF Chief Executive, Mark Field, said: “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.”

In a statement, the organisation also commented: “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

“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.

“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.”

For more information on the IAAF, visit www.iaaf.co.uk.

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