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JUMP IN CARS HAVING NO MOT ON GARAGE ARRIVAL


A survey of garages has found that nine out of ten have seen an increase in vehicles being presented for test without already having a valid certificate in force. The increase stems from the government’s decision to abolish paper discs and to digitise the system in 2014.

Checking a vehicle’s paper tax disc used to be a common method of checking whether a vehicle still had a valid MOT, as road tax and MOTs usually coincide. Now that the system has been digitised, consumers who pay for their road tax monthly receive no reminders that their tax is due, and therefore potentially forget to MOT their car.

The survey, conducted by the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) and Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) was distributed across the motor trade, and the results found that 43.8 percent of the trade had noticed a ‘significant’ increase in MOTs where the vehicle is out of test since the road tax changes came in, and 91.2 percent overall had seen an increase of some kind.

Respondents were also asked if they had any further comments, and over a quarter of them responded. There was a general consensus that although customers forgetting to MOT their vehicles have always been an issue, the problem has worsened since the 2014 road tax changes.

Many of the comments from garage owners say that an MOT reminder service is something their business has had to provide to customers themselves, but they believe it should be the Government’s responsibility.

Stuart James, RMI Director commented, “The results of this survey overwhelmingly show that we were right to have concerns. In the short space of time since the road tax changes were put in place, the percentage of consumers that are unaware when their car’s MOT has expired has increased dramatically. As a result, motorists who wouldn’t normally seek to break the law are unwittingly becoming criminals.”

Sandy Burgess, SMTA Chief Executive commented, “In light of our results, we strongly recommend that the Government introduce an official reminder service that tells motorists when their  vehicle’s MOT is due. This will reduce confusion from consumers and ensure more aren’t unknowingly becoming criminals, and it will also take the pressure away from small businesses to remind their customers of their MOT renewal date. Most importantly, it will improve road safety in the UK.

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LONDON MAYOR PROPOSES SCRAPPAGE AND TOUGH ULEZ

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LONDON MAYOR PROPOSES SCRAPPAGE AND TOUGH ULEZ


London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has launched plans for ‘the toughest crackdown’ on older vehicles ‘by any major city around the world’. An extended Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be part of a major public consultation launched on July 5.

The idea of an expanded ULEZ was already on the cards, but the new proposals go further and will be implemented sooner than the original stratergy.

Parts of the Mayor’s detailed proposals include plans for a new national scrappage scheme, as speculated on catmag.co.uk over the past few weeks.

Diesel vehicles stand to loose the most, but all vehicles that fail to meet Euro-4 standard will have to pay a surchage for each day they are used. For light vehicles this is likely to be £10, rising to £100 for HGVs and coaches. This will be in addition to the congestion charge.

The public have until Friday July 29 to feed back on the first round of the consultation, further more detailed consultation will take place later this year and some measures could be implemented as early as 2017, with the rest following in 2019.

Sadiq Khan said: “Tough challenges call for tough measures, so I’m proposing a new £10 charge for the most polluting vehicles in central London from 2017, followed by an even stronger crackdown on vehicles pumping out hazardous pollutants”.

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Sillars airs views on 4-1-1 ahead of IAM rebrand


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Sarah Sillars gives her verdict on the four-year MOT as charity becomes IAM Roadsafe

The boss of road safety charity IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) has voiced her opinion on the four-year MOT.

“I answered this question the last time around as the head of [the IMI]” said Sarah Sillars OBE. Now I’m wearing a road safety hat you might think the argument would be even stronger. I have a slightly different view now, which is ‘should it really be the MOT that picks up worn tyres, broken lights or whatever – or should there be more responsibility is on the driver to make some basic checks on the vehicle’ as is the case in many European countries”.

Sillars expanded: “The evidence says that if the service happens before the MOT, it becomes a validation. Because we have a lot of people in this country who use the MOT as the primary safety check it is very hard to argue for a change in the law”. The Chief Exec was speaking on the day that the charity launched a new and ‘less authoritarian’ logo and rebrand as ‘IAM Roadsmart’ and announced a switch away from promoting the advanced driving test as it’s core function, instead focusing on a number of ‘modular products’ such as motorway and night driving courses to help drivers upskill and fleet managers negate risks.

The organisation has a number of high-profile members who talk to the media about its benefits. Nigel Mansell has been promoting the re-brand, while Paddy Hopkirk champions the Older Driver Assessment course, notably at the recent CAT Awards.

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CHANCELLOR PROPOSES MOT FREQUENCY CHANGE

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CHANCELLOR PROPOSES MOT FREQUENCY CHANGE


George Osborne has announced a review of the MOT frequency, proposing that the first MOT for cars and motorbikes be increased from three years to four.

In his budget speech, the Chancellor said: “We will consult on extending the deadline for new cars and motorbikes to have their first MOT test from 3 years to 4 years, which would save motorists over £100m a year”.

This suggestion has not gone down well with the trade. The RMI’s Independent Garage Association Director Stuart James said: “The government seems to take the view that the MOT is a burden on motorists – we think that motorists deserve more credit than that. Road safety is a priority for them and their families and they understand that roadworthiness testing of vehicle is an important part of making our roads among the safest in Europe.”

The Chancellor didn’t specify when the consultation might start, or how wide reaching it might be. However, it is notable that the wording of the speech excluded vans as it is has been noted in previous frequency reviews that vehicles in MOT class VII generally lead a much harder life and need more frequent checks.

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WENDY WILLIAMSON APPOINTED TO FIGIEFA BOARD

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WENDY WILLIAMSON APPOINTED TO FIGIEFA BOARD


Wendy Williamson, Chief Executive of IAAF, has been appointed to the board and made treasurer of FIGIEFA, the association representing the needs of the European aftermarket to governments and legislators of the European Union.

The IAAF and FIGIEFA have a close working relationship, monitoring and contributing to new European legislation affecting the trade. It is this partnership that works to represent the interests of IAAF members in the UK to European and international institutions, promoting the contribution of the independent automotive aftermarket in order to achieve the EU’s goals for a competitive European economy.

Both organisations work together on a number of issues including type approval, roadworthiness proposals, eCall, telemetry and the Connected Car.

Commenting on her new role, Williamson said: “I’m delighted to be working more closely with FIGIEFA. In this additional role, the IAAF will be able to maintain its key position of taking both the challenges and opportunities in the UK trade to European legislators.”

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