In May of 2017 we brought news of a proposed overhaul to MOT requirements in the UK. Well, the public and other interested parties have had their say and it seems we are happy with the status quo!
Currently vehicles which are at least three years old require an MOT on a yearly basis irrespective of how often they have been used and no matter the mileage. These requirements have been in place since the 1960’s when technology, and in particular safety features, were far less advanced.
A recent consultation proposed a change to the rules on MOTs to the extent that it was proposed that a vehicles first MOT should not be required until it is four years old. One might have thought that this might have been welcomed by some drivers who have experienced having to put their car through an MOT and were paying money for a certificate which confirmed what they knew already- that the car is well taken care of and more importantly is road worthy.
However, the public have agreed with the view expressed by the motor industry that the changes would risk the safety of drivers and the public in general. In fact, the motor industry claimed that the changes would result in there being an additional 400,000 unroadworthy vehicles on Britain’s roads.
So, the “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it?” approach seems to be the decision of the public and so it is likely that any debate over the requirements for MOTs will not be re-raised for some time now, despite discontent from some that the system should be changed to require vehicles to undergo an MOT after a certain level of mileage has been reached. In a poll conducted prior to the proposals 82% of voters agreed that would be a better system but the overall view seems to have been to keep the status quo.
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