BTMA and NTDA Urge for Advisory Notices on Tyre Tread Depths in MOT

In a move widely applauded by the automotive industry, the UK government has announced its decision to maintain the current 3-1-1 MOT testing regime for light vehicles. This decision, backed by key industry bodies such as the British Tyre Manufacturers Association (BTMA) and the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA), promises to modernise the MOT test while ensuring the safety of critical car components like tyres and brakes.

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Published on
January 31, 2024

The Importance of MOT in Tyre Safety

The MOT test, a staple in UK automotive safety since 1960, serves as an annual checkpoint for vehicle owners to replace worn or unsafe tyres. Tyre retailers across the nation have reported a concerning trend: many tyres are being changed well beyond the legal limit and in poor condition. This decision to retain the current testing regime underlines the critical role of the MOT in maintaining road safety.

Industry Support for Government's Commitment

Both the BTMA and the NTDA have expressed strong support for the government's commitment to modernising the MOT test. They emphasise the need to incorporate checks for new technologies, such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), into the MOT. This modernization is seen as crucial in keeping pace with the evolving automotive landscape.

Environmental Considerations and Safety

A significant aspect of the proposed changes involves enhanced checks on tyre inflation and wheel alignment, focusing on reducing environmental impact. Proper tyre maintenance is not only vital for safety but also plays a role in fuel efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.

Proposed Advisories for Low Tread Depths

The BTMA and NTDA are advocating for the introduction of advisories for low tread depths in tyres. They point out that motorists often disregard advisory notices, which could lead to safety risks. The associations propose making these advisories more prominent to encourage timely tyre replacement.

Mandatory Recall Checks During MOT

In a further push for vehicle safety, there is also support for mandatory recall checks during the MOT. This measure would ensure that all vehicles, as well as their components, are up to the required safety standards, thereby reducing the risk of accidents caused by faulty parts.

The government’s decision to retain the 3-1-1 MOT testing regime, while integrating modern technologies and focusing on environmental impact, demonstrates a commitment to both road safety and sustainability. With the backing of leading industry bodies, this move is set to have a positive impact on the UK automotive sector.


TyreSafe Supports Government's Decision to Keep Current MoT Test Intervals

NTDA Applauds DfT's Decision to Retain Current MOT Testing Frequency

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