Future of the MOT webinar announced

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is running a webinar to discuss the future of the MOT, following the recent conclusion of the consultation into its future.

The free online event, ‘Navigating the Future of the MOT: Insights, Improvements and Engagement’, will take place on Thursday 29th February from midday until 2pm. A Q&A session will follow after the main discussion.

The two-hour session hosted by the IMI will feature DVSA MOT experts: Neil Barlow, Head of Policy and Simon Smith, Product Manager – MOT Testing Service. Hayley Pells, Policy and Public Affairs Lead at the IMI will also participate in the webinar which is designed to help the sector understand the potential future enhancements to the MOT.

Inviting MOT professionals to contribute to shaping the future of MOT testing, the session will include:

  • An overview of the Consultation and Vision for MOT
  • Considerations for Changes to the MOT Test
  • The Role of the IMI and Industry Perspectives
  • Panel Discussion: Shaping the Future MOT Together
  • An extended Q&A Session

What is the future of the MOT?

The consultation into the future of the MOT closed last month, with a decision made to keep the current frequency at three years for the first MOT, and then an annual check. 

First opened in January 2023, the consultation was the latest challenge to the MOT, and was launched as an opportunity to save drivers money by postponing the first test on new vehicles. However, both the industry and road users overwhelmingly backed the current MOT frequency, leading to the decision to adopt no changes.

The IMI has stated that it “welcomes the government’s commitment to maintaining the first MOT at three years and annual testing thereafter. This approach aligns with IMI research findings on the importance of regular checks for road safety and vehicle maintenance.”

However, the professional body believes it is essential that the MOT undergoes continual review and adaptation to keep pace with rapidly evolving vehicle technologies and environmental considerations and the webinar will provide valuable sector insight for the future.

The IMI webinar will see discussion around the future of the MOT, and how it can improve, and adapt to new vehicle technologies, such as electrification and ADAS, while also ensuing that sustainable motoring is achieved through stricter tests on diesel models, points that were raised in the consultation results.

You can sign up for the free event by following this link.

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