MOT Tests To Remain Unchanged As Government Review Ends
25th January 2024
The Government have decided not to make any changes to the current MOT rules, after concluding an investigation that began last year into how the essential vehicle tests can be modernised.
Plans were centred around reducing the frequency of MOT tests, with new cars potentially waiting an extra year after registration for their first test and older cars being required to have the test every 2 years instead of annually.
Launched in January 2023, the Government consultation sought views to ensure roadworthiness checks continue to balance the cost to motorists, road safety, advances in vehicle technology and tackling vehicle emissions, however, the bi-annual plans were not well received by drivers and the automotive industry at the time.
Listening to the feedback from drivers and the motor industry, the decision was made to not change the test intervals, ensuring that motorists can continue to drive with peace of mind. A poll by the AA, which is referenced in the Government’s report, saw 83% of drivers wanting the MOT test to remain an annual occurrence.
Despite agreeing to no increase in the time between MOT tests for now, the Government are still planning to modernise rules in the near future, stating that the continued improvement in both modern car technology and electric vehicles are supporting the need for reform.
The full announcement from the Government can be found here.
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