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.

Published by GregWhitaker

Editor of CAT Magazine and an experienced motoring journalist

Leamoco and M1 acquired by AAG

Former IFA and Groupauto member

Read More

In Pictures: It’s a wrap for Fleet Factors

TMD branding on Teeside-based chain’s vehicles

Read More

DVLA ‘ghost records’ highlight EU driving licence loophole

Licence holders that do not update details are causing a headache for insurers

Read More

Over half of garages preparing to increase prices

Survey shos increasing parts prices, coupled with cost of living, is bringing workshops to increase rates

Read More

GSF Car Parts looks ‘Beyond Tomorrow’ with national staff conference

First all-hands meeting since November rebrand

Read More

Join the debate

2 Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. as usual these big wigs have all these wonderful ideas!!!lets see him in a workshop and reception listening to the sad old oh we cant afford that repair right now it will have to wait – or the usual does it have to be done now.
    he has probably done the maths and only x amount of people will die due to poor vehicle maintenance.
    why should he care anyway how will it affect him in downing street.
    idiot!!!!!

  2. It is quite clear the chancellor hasn’t spent 5 minutes inside a decent independent workshop. If he had he would realise what a dangerous state a poorly maintained three to four year old car can look like. Brakes, tyres, suspension, to name but a few, can all be completely shot to bits.

    He’s endangering the public to keep big business happy, and not for the first time!