UK Automotive Trade Bodies Launch Petition Against Proposed MOT Test Interval for New Vehicles

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UK Automotive Trade Bodies Launch Petition Against Proposed MOT Test Interval for New Vehicles
Published on
February 13, 2023

The UK automotive industry is up in arms over the proposed changes to the MOT test intervals for new vehicles. The Independent Garage Association (IGA) and Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) have met with the Department for Transport (DfT) and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to discuss the MOT frequency and enhancements consultation. The associations are questioning the DfT's motives for publishing a large and complex consultation, covering 27 areas within the MOT test, with only a six-week response period.

Why Increase the MOT Test Interval?

The DfT's main focus is to save consumers money, and they want to use this consultation as an opportunity to evaluate if any areas of the MOT could contribute to further savings. However, the industry has made a strong case against increasing MOT test intervals on the basis that it provides a necessary prompt for UK motorists to change their tires, which is a major cause of MOT test failures.

Petition Against Proposed Changes

To prevent the proposed four-year interval before the first MOT test on new vehicles, UK automotive trade bodies have launched a petition. The associations have asked the DfT why the consultation could not be carried out over a three-month period, bearing in mind no immediate action would be taken and further consultations would follow. The DfT has revealed that there would be further consultations based on the initial information and responses provided, and no immediate decisions are likely. They also confirmed that consultation responses submitted after the closing date on 28th February 2023 would still be considered.

Concerns Over Road Safety

Stuart James, IGA chief executive, comments on the situation: "We appreciate the DfT being open about many of the questions raised, and we understand that cost implications for consumers and advances in vehicle technology are the main drivers behind this consultation. However, the UK’s roads are amongst the safest in the world, and we would like to believe that the government would not make decisions that would cause an increase in road casualties. We believe it may have been more appropriate to break the consultation down into smaller subject areas to ensure that road safety will not be impacted by any of the many changes being considered. We will be working non-stop to ensure that road safety and the public are protected as the consultation progresses."

Working Together for the Good of the Industry

All parties have agreed to continue working closely at every stage of the consultation process to ensure that public safety and the needs of the industry are thoroughly considered. The DfT has confirmed that no legislation changes will be implemented from 1st April 2023, which was included within their impact statement.

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