Changes to MOT Requirements for New Cars Scrapped
Government dismiss four-year wait proposals
by Abi Moses on 22nd January, 2018
The Government has shelved plans to change the date of a car's first MOT. All new cars will continue to require an MOT after three years and not the four years proposed in January 2017.
Government predictions that extending the wait for a first MOT to four years would save motorists an estimated £100 million per year have been outweighed by safety fears. The proposal was set to come into effect later this year but a Department of Transport survey revealed less than half of those consulted were in favour of the change.
Road Minister, Jesse Norman, explained, "We have some of the safest roads in the world, and are always looking at ways of making them safer. Although modern cars are better built and safer than when the MOT test was last changed 50 years ago, there has been a clear public concern that any further changes don't put people's lives at risk."
Fears that potential mechanical problems will go ignored means the UK will not follow in the footsteps of several other European nations. New cars in several countries across the continent are not due an MOT for four years, nations including Ireland, France, Italy and Belgium.
The number of three or four-year-old cars involved in accidents due to vehicle defects has dropped considerably over the past decade. The number involved has fallen from 155 in 2006 to just 57 in 2015.
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