Dated: 18 April 2011
Motoring Associations Respond to Potential MOT Change
We recently wrote an article focusing on the potential changes to the length of time between MOT tests. We even posed the question, on our Facebook page, whether or not having the tests carried our every two years instead of annually would be a good thing. So far it seems as though the majority of those who have responded did not like the idea.
Since then, Secretary of State for Transport, Phillip Hammond, has been interviewed by a number of national newspapers and has given strong statements which indicate that the Department of Transport is seriously considering implementing the changes.
This has led a number of motoring organisations to speak out, detailing why they believe that the changes could be dangerous.
In a recent press release from the Retail Motoring Industry (RMI) their Director, Stuart James, said: “the Government are presenting these changes to consumers as a chance to save money on their MOT bills. However the savings of as little as £25 a year on the annual test will only escalate the repair bills that will come with bi-annual testing and a probable increase in insurance premiums.
“More and more evidence is being produced to show that record levels of cars and vans are failing their MOTs.
"Maintenance standards are slipping due to the lack of money car users currently have at their disposal. This will in turn have a knock on affect on the safety of road users. This proposal could not come at a worse time for both garage owners and road users.”
In a similar statement, the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) published an article on their website detailing their objections:
“The IAAF is not opposed to improvements and we have suggested several changes which would make the test more rigorous, and would aid road safety improvements. We’ve also proposed changes which would make the government more money!
"What we’re not in favour of are changes which increase the potential for road casualties, deaths and serious injuries, that have a catastrophic effect on individuals and families, not to mention the economic detriment; and that’s what the suggestion that reducing the frequency of vehicle tests means.”
With many more organizations weighing in to back the arguments against changing the MOT, we imagine the Government will have to tread very carefully and fully investigate whether or not the proposed changes are going to be beneficial. Otherwise, they could have a lot of vey disgruntled motorists on their hands.
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