BVRLA calls for tougher MoT regime for large vans
The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA)
has submitted a detailed response to the Department for Transport’s consultation
on the future of the MoT, urging the government to reconsider the frequency of
tests for some light commercial vehicles.
The BVRLA supported the government’s proposal to extend
the period for the first MoT for new cars from three to four years, but opposed
the same extension for class 7 vans (those weighing 3,000- 3,500kg).
The Association recommended that the date of the first
MoT test for those large vans should be cut to one year after first
registration, in order to address any potential safety considerations.
Commenting on the government’s plans - responses to the
consultation are now being considered - BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney
said: “Modern cars are safer than ever, and rental and leasing vehicles are
typically checked, serviced and repaired on a regular basis. As such, we
believe the proposed extension before the first MoT test is required can be
implemented without risk to public safety.
“However, van traffic is growing, and these vehicles’
average annual mileages are significantly higher than the average car on UK
roads. At a time when the government’s own data shows large vans have appalling
first time pass rates, the BVRLA believes these vehicles should be getting
tested every year, not every three or four years.
“Many large vans fail their first MoT because they have
not been well maintained and have substandard brakes, so they pose a real risk
to road safety.”
The BVRLA also opposed a proposal to add the cost of van
enforcement to MoT charges rather than general taxation, like every other form
of transport and highway policing. If a levy was introduced, the Association
said there must be transparency in how any revenue generated was spent.