Just one year after the trade convinced the previous government to scrap proposals to reduce the MOT test frequency from once a year to every two years, the threat of a 4-2-2 regime has once more reared its ugly head.
In a Parliamentary Question put before the House of Lords in July, Lord Marlesford, a Conservative peer, asked whether the new Coalition Government was considering a review of MOT frequency.
The response he received was a worrying: â€œYes, we intend to look at the issue of MOT test frequencies later this year.â€
The Retail Motor Industry Federation and the MOT Forum have written a joint letter to the Minister for Transport expressing the seriousness of changing the system and outlining the cost to society. At the time of writing, no formal response had been received.
In a detailed study published in 2008, the Department for Transport calculated that without the annual MOT, the country could witness a horrific increase in road deaths â€“ up to nearly 2000 lives per year â€“ and cost the country more than Â£6 billion.
The DFT also estimated that adopting the 4-2-2 system would cost the trade some Â£480 million per year and result in 40,000 job losses.