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Three-year MOT tests to remain amidst safety fears of extending them

Three-year MOT tests to remain amidst safety fears of extending them

The Government has performed a u-turn on its decision to extend the period before a car's first MOT from three to four years.

This comes after the Department for Transport's (DfT) consulted with the public last year, to decide whether this should be increased to four years.

As a result, the period before a new car's first MOT test will remain three years. The government justified the move by claiming that modern vehicles were safer and better built than they had been in the past, meaning a longer "MOT-free" period would not compromise safety.

Many argued that the savings to motorists were outweighed by the risk to road users and that the MOT test often highlights upcoming issues affecting the vehicle.

The government had suggested it and opened a public consultation, saying that it could have saved the collective motorist £100 million per year, but everyone else decided that seeing as so many cars fail what is effectively their first official safety test anyway, leaving it an extra year is asking for trouble.

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Again, those findings are echoed by existing research, with the DfT's own figures previously revealing the majority of vehicles failing their first MoT did so due to substandard tyres, brakes and lights - all safety-critical items.

"We are looking at further research to ensure the MOT test evolves with the demands of modern motoring".

There is also evidence suggesting that new cars are getting safer and safer, with the number of accidents involving three or four-year old cars where a defect in the vehicle as a contributing factor has tumbled.

The test was introduced in 1960, originally requiring vehicles to undergo a first check after 10 years.

Public response to the survey was fairly one-sided: 73 per cent were against an extension, with many citing consumables failing or deteriorating below acceptable safety standards as a reason to maintain the three-year interval. The IAAF's stance has always been that DVSA's regulation of the MOT process and current testing frequency of 3:1:1 helps to make United Kingdom roads the safest in Europe.


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