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Don’t mess with the MOT

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has urged the new Secretary of State for Transport Mark Harper not to mess with the current MOT test frequency and strengthen the current 3-1-1 testing regime with the addition of testing electronically controlled safety systems (e.g., ADAS).

The Federation, along with UK AFCAR, has been highlighting the threat to road safety by conducting the first MOT when a vehicle becomes four years old and arguing that any extension to the test frequency will lead to an increase in road accidents as there will be no formal inspection of a vehicle’s road worthiness for a further 12 months.

MOT failures are disproportionately high for electric vehicles when they are first tested at three years, due to their increased tyre wear and there will be no official mileage or emissions checks for ICE vehicles recorded until after four years. In addition, delaying vehicle inspections may lead to higher repair costs for motorists who may not know that dangerous faults are developing with their vehicles.

Mark Field, IAAF chief executive, said: “DVSA’s regulation of the MOT process and current testing frequency of 3:1:1 help to make the UK’s roads the second safest in Europe and while we look forward to working with the new ministers across both Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Department for Transport (DFT), we will fight any detrimental changes that threaten road safety and the automotive aftermarket.”

“Recent research from the RAC has shown that the majority of motorists consider that the UK MOT test is important for road safety and should not be changed and the wider industry is also firmly opposed to the idea of any changes to the 3-1-1 format.”

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