MOT Frequency comes up for debate… Again

The MOT frequency debate is likely to restart following comments from the Transport Minister.

Frequency change mooted… again.

Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, made the suggestion to relax the frequency after being asked by the Prime Minister to come up with ideas to tackle the cost of living crisis, according to a BBC report.

If confirmed, this will be the fourth time in a decade that lengthening the time between inspections has been mooted. Previously, the idea has been shouted down by aftermarket associations and road safety bodies.

In Northern Ireland, reducing test frequency was the subject of a ‘call for evidence’ in 2021, although no decision has been announced since the consultation closed last October.

Despite a government perception that the test is a financial burden for motorists, the maximum test fee of £54.85 has not increased since 2010.



Published by GregWhitaker

Editor of CAT Magazine and an experienced motoring journalist

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  1. Not sure it makes sense. The logic behind going to two years is to save a motorist 55 quid. In the grand scheme of motoring costs, not sure that even registers. When you factor in what the MOT gives you in terms of safety and piece of mind, the logic for the change seems ridiculous.

    Knocking 5% of fuel duty would seem a much better idea. Save the motorist money with no downside.

  2. We have been here before as a tester for over 25 years evidence show’s what can happen to vehicles not maintained and some of the defects found on car’s at their first test at 3 years

  3. Here we go again, money before safety. As an experienced MOT tester I have seen so many cars that have been
    scrapped a year after their last MOT due to not being viable to repair. How many deaths before the half wits
    realise they are gambling with peoples lives.

    1. i agree with you entirely, after the lockdown extension on mots some of the cars being presented were terrible, and customers suprised when you issue a fail certificate. some customers kept driving their cars until they got the full extension knowing their cars had issues. for me its a NO.