Planned MOT changes and what they could mean for UK car owners
The Department of Transport and the DVSA plans a massive shake up to extend the length of time before the MOT service to four years instead of the current law of three.
The Department of Transport and the DVSA plans a massive shake up to extend the length of time before the MOT service to four years instead of the current law of three. This change is the most dramatic alteration to the MOT format in 50 years and is proposed because the government believes it can make an extra £100m per year as a result of the change. If the UK government manages to implement these proposals, it will put the UK alongside Italy and France on MOT policy.
The current law requires new car owners to get an MOT on their cars after three years of ownership, and the proposed move to four years would mean that 2.2 million UK drivers a year would avoid having to pay for their MOT test. A recent poll put forth by the AA found that out of 19,000 of its members, a massive 44% were in favour of the changes, while 26% were against the change and the rest were undecided or uninterested.
The proposals are facing a vehement opposition from industry leaders, and one of the main underlining problems to such a drastic change in policy is the very real fear that some cars will just be too dangerous to be roadworthy after four years of constant use. At the moment, 17% of all cars fail their MOT, and the respective increase that would occur as a direct result of this move will see more unroadworthy vehicles. The backlash from this is that the number of accidents on the roads would increase. However, the government making an extra £100m at the cost of lives probably won’t be factored into the final decision. Ministers are deliberating whether to make the change apply to all vehicles or just non-commercial vehicles; with vans remaining under the original rules.