Challenge To Plans To Change MOT Periods

Wednesday, 22. September 2010

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If you are a regular reader of my newsletter and blog you will recall that I announced that the Government was considering moving out the first MOT to 2 years and the annual MOT tests thereafter to be moved from annual to bi-annual as a result of pressure to do so by the EU. This has sparked some strong resistance from road safety groups. RoadSafe has said that the Government shouldn’t change the current arrangements as the changes would lead to poorly maintained cars and result in more crashes. In the UK we have the 3-1-1 system whereby the first MOT is carried out after 3 years and then annually thereafter as opposed to most European countries that have a 4-2-2 system in place. This means that a 10 year old car will have 8 MOT tests in the UK but just 4 in Europe. Whilst there is an argument that cars are much safer and reliable now RoadSafe pointed to the Department for Transport statistics that show a staggering 35% of cars failed their MOT’s in 2008 and continued to rise to 37% between 2009 and 2010. The debate goes on. What do you think, should we move to the European system? By Graham Hill

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