The Independent Garage Association is continuing its fight to protect the current MOT testing regime.
The IGA is staunchly against any change from the existing system of testing. It believes extending the time to first test, and the interevals between, would pose a grave risk to road safety. Government studies have shown the move to 4-2-2 could result in hundreds more road deaths each year.
While hard opposition work against a shift from 3-1-1 continues behind the scenes, IGA Director Stuart James says the launch of a consultation will allow for more sturctured opposition to proposals.
The long promised consultation is now expected to be launched in February. The IGA suspects the option of switching from 3-1-1 to 4-2-1 might be the governmentâ€™s prefered option, but this would still be unacceptable to the IGA and wider industry.
Many other trade bodies echo the fears of the IGA and oppose the move from 3-1-1 testing. The IAAF is looking to collect MOT â€˜horror storiesâ€™ from its members, such as the bald tyre sent to us by Chris Meredith of ABP Motorsport, and is encouraging all to sign up to its e-petition here.