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

In a move welcomed by road safety advocates, the UK government has decided to retain the existing MoT test intervals for vehicles, citing potential safety risks and limited financial benefits for motorists. This decision comes after extensive consultation, including input from TyreSafe, a leading road safety organisation.

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Published on
January 25, 2024

Tyre Safety at the Forefront of MoT Test Interval Decision

The government's decision to maintain the current intervals for MoT tests was heavily influenced by concerns over vehicle safety, particularly tyre defects. The MoT Consultation, which received responses from over 4,500 organisations, including TyreSafe, highlighted significant risks associated with extending the first MoT for vehicles from three to four or five years. Statistics from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) show that tyre defects are the most common reason for vehicles, up to six years old, failing their MoT tests.

Government's Commitment to Road Safety

The Department for Transport (DfT) emphasised its dedication to maintaining the UK's impressive road safety record, which ranks among the best in Europe. In their statement, the DfT noted that 84% of respondents opposed changing the date of the first test, with a substantial number of concerns relating to road safety, especially regarding tyre and brake wear. These components are the most common reasons for first-time MoT test failures. The department also recognised that the financial savings for motorists from an extended MoT interval would be minimal and potentially offset by higher repair and insurance costs due to undetected vehicle defects.

DVSA and Technological Advancements

Neil Barlow, Head of Vehicle Policy at DVSA, commented on the future of the MoT test, highlighting its importance in adapting to new technologies for enhanced road safety. The DVSA is committed to ensuring the MoT remains relevant and effective in the face of evolving vehicle technologies, with a focus on maintaining Britain's road safety standards.

TyreSafe's Perspective on the Decision

TyreSafe Chair, Stuart Lovatt, expressed approval of the DfT's decision, acknowledging the department's consideration of road safety risks in their deliberation. While supporting cost-reduction initiatives for motorists and environmental concerns, TyreSafe also underlined the importance of tyre safety. Lovatt looks forward to continued collaboration with the DfT and DVSA to promote tyre safety awareness and modernise the MoT system.

The Impact of Tyre Defects on MoT Failures

The decision to retain current MoT test intervals is further underscored by the fact that over 2 million cars fail their MoT each year due to tyre defects, with over 1 million of these failures classified as 'dangerous'. This statistic highlights the critical need for regular vehicle inspections to ensure road safety.

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