Government to drop plans to cut MOT frequency
I welcome the Government’s decision to drop plans to relax first date and frequency of MOT testing.
I recently visited Halford Autocentre on Foss Islands Road, York and understand the fears that many people had over the Government’s proposals to reduce MOT testing. The Government had originally planned to change the existing 3-1-1 system which sees all new cars and vans being tested after three years and every year thereafter, to a 4-2-2 system which tests new cars at four years and then two yearly intervals thereafter. This would have brought Britain in line with other European countries but may have put more risk on Britain’s roads, which are currently some of the safest in the world.
It is vital that safety on British roads is maintained and improved where possible. The Government has announced that it will now publish information gathered by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency about the standards of MOT testing and work with organisations to arrange mystery shopper exercises to enhance the overall customer experience.
Relaxing laws on the frequency of MOT testing would have been mad, putting motorists at risk of death or serious injury and I am pleased the Government has finally listened to concerned parties and dropped these silly proposals.