Industry responds to MOT test consultation results

The UK government has announced the current MOT test frequency of 3-1-1 will remain, following the results of a consultation. Here are some of the reactions of ministers, automotive industry bodies and aftermarket representatives.

“We have listened to drivers and industry, and keeping MOTs in their current form shows once again that we are on the side of motorists,” stated Roads Minister, Guy Opperman.

“By offering clarity on the MOT test, alongside our recent street works consultation and unprecedented £8.3 billion to resurface roads, we are helping motorists drive with peace of mind and ensuring Britain’s roads continue to be some of the safest in the world.

With the constantly improving technology of modern-day cars and electric vehicles (EVs), the Department for Transport will continue to work closely with industry stakeholders and drivers to establish a programme of longer-term reform for MOTs. 

“To ensure they remain fit for the future, the government is exploring a more effective test for diesel particulate emissions, whether further improvements could be made to the MOT for electric vehicles and the transfer of some larger zero-emissions vans to more standard, car-style MOT testing.”

Industry responds to MOT test news

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, added: “Government and the automotive industry have worked together to ensure the UK has some of the world’s safest roads. The decision to retain the existing MOT system is the right one, helping maintain this proud record and giving drivers confidence in car and van roadworthiness. 

“With vehicle technology continuing to evolve at pace in terms of both safety and environmental performance, we will maintain this collaboration with government and other stakeholders so that the MOT continues to be fit for purpose, helping Britain improve what is already a strong road safety record.”

Hayley Pells, Policy Lead at the IMI said: “We welcome the Government’s commitment to maintaining the first MOT test at three years and annual testing thereafter. This aligns with our findings on the importance of regular checks for road safety and vehicle maintenance. 

“The decision to further explore modernising tests for electric and automated vehicles is a positive step towards addressing the unique challenges and advancements in vehicle technology. We also appreciate the focus on diesel emissions, which is crucial for environmental concerns. The conclusion of the consultation also underscores the need for ongoing adaptations in MOT testing to keep pace with rapidly evolving vehicle technologies and environmental considerations.”

Mark Field, IAAF Chief Executive, said: “Plans to extend the first test from three to four years have been met with the full power of the entire automotive industry including motorists, who have been united in their view that extending the test frequency risks driver safety.

“Every argument put forward to change the date of the first test has been overcome. An extended test won’t save motorists money and will in fact generate higher bills from worsening, unchecked problems. While it is right to consult on modernising the test process, the debate over the test frequency, the third in over a decade, should never be on the table.”

Stuart James, Chief Executive of the Independent Garage Association, commented on the decision, saying, “We are pleased that the government has listened to our concerns and opted to retain the three-year time period to first MOT. Public safety is paramount, and the decision aligns with our commitment to protecting motorists by ensuring the continued effectiveness of MOT testing in identifying potential safety issues as early as possible.

“The IGA looks forward to contributing to discussions on the future of MOT testing and other reforms. Our commitment to promoting road safety and protecting consumers remains unwavering, and we will actively participate in shaping policies that benefit both motorists and the industry.”

Safety first

Stuart Lovatt, TyreSafe Chair, said: “This is a very welcome announcement from the Department for Transport and we applaud them for listening to the views of road safety organisations such as TyreSafe for factoring in the risks posed to road safety in extending the first test to four years. While TyreSafe supports any initiatives which helps reduce cost to road users and minimise their impact on the environment, the DfT has rightly pointed out the ‘saving’ of an MoT test fee is marginal when compared to the potential costs driving with defects can have on people’s budgets.

GSF Car Parts CEO Steve Horne said: “We are incredibly pleased to see common sense prevail for the good of everyone in the automotive industry and on the roads, because the current MOT cycle is a pivotal part of vehicle safety and maintenance.

“Every year the British public places its trust firstly in the skills, knowledge and experience of the independent aftermarket to carry out its MOTs, and then in suppliers like GSF to get their vehicles the OE quality parts they need to remain safe and roadworthy.

“We appreciate that the cost of running and maintaining many vehicles has risen at a time when families are already feeling the pinch on their wallets and, while it’s right that the Government should seek new ways to make motoring affordable for consumers, this should not come at the expense of safety when it comes to MOT cycles.

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