SMMT calls for government proposal to extend first MoT to four years to be scrapped
time when cars and vans require a first MoT from three to four years would have
a significant impact on vehicle safety and the proposal should be scrapped,
according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Furthermore, a YouGov survey for the SMMT of 2,036
adults, including 1,266 vehicle owners/ registered keepers, suggested that 83% claimed the typical £45 MoT test
fee was worth the peace of mind that their car was safe, roadworthy and legal.
The government announced a consultation on extending the
requirement for a first MoT from three years to four years earlier this year
and it is now examining the responses.
In announcing the consultation, the government said extending
the first test requirement to four years would introduce a saving to consumers
of more than £100 million every year.
However, the survey suggested that 76% of car owners backed the automotive
industry’s call for government to abandon plans to delay the first MoT for cars
by a year and 89% of car owners said they were unlikely to buy a used car over
three years old without a valid MoT certificate.
than two thirds (68%) also expressed concern that delaying the car’s first MoT
could put themselves and other road users in danger, and the motor industry
shares that concern.
consultation, the government also suggested that new technology in cars such as
tyre pressure monitoring systems, lane departure warning or wet weather tyre
performance, was making cars safer.
while such systems may help prevent or mitigate accidents, they did not change
the fundamental underlying operation of wear and tear products such as tyres
and brakes, which continued to require regular checks and maintenance, said the
of 17% of all cars taking their first MoT at three years old did not meet
minimum safety requirements, said the SMMT. Therefore, postponing the first MoT
for a further 12 months could result in almost half a million more cars in
unfit condition driving freely and unchecked on UK roads.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief
executive, said: “The MoT is an
essential check on the safety and roadworthiness of vehicles. Extending the
first test for cars from three to four years is not what consumers or industry
want given the serious risk posed to road safety and vehicles’
“The latest vehicles are equipped with advanced safety
systems but it is still critical that wear and tear items such as tyres and
brakes are checked regularly and replaced. We urge government to scrap its
plans to change a test system that has played a vital role in making the UK’s
roads among the safest in the world.”
common reasons for three-year-old cars failing the MoT include essential lights
and indicators, tyres, brakes and suspension.
said it believed safety should come ahead of deregulation, cost saving or
convenience, and in fact, it wants the test to go further
motor industry is calling for additional checks such as allowing diesel
particulate filters to be properly tested; introducing vehicle safety recall
checks to remind motorists of outstanding recall work and ensure it is carried
out; tightening the check on mileage to aid the fight against clocking; and
ensuring the test and testing stations were sufficiently equipped for checking
emerging technologies such as automated safety systems.