Today, 25th January 2024, the Department for Transport (DfT) has published its response to the extensive consultation on modernising MOT testing for cars, motorbikes and vans.

Launched in January 2023, the consultation sought views to ensure roadworthiness checks continue to balance the cost to motorists, road safety, advances in vehicle technology and tackling vehicle emissions.

The NTDA has vociferously campaigned for many years to ensure that the frequency of MOT testing remains at 3-1-1, primarily on safety grounds, but also based on years of independent statistical information demonstrating that the current model works and is, overwhelmingly, supported by both the trade and UK motorists and welcomes, therefore, the DfT consultation outcome which states:

“After listening to your feedback, Ministers have decided that motorists will still take the first MOT test three years after buying their new car. The following MOT will continue to be taken once every year. The DVSA will continue to work with DfT to ensure that the MOT continues to be fit for the future, to keep your vehicles safe to drive on Britain’s roads. DVSA will share more information about the feedback received in the call for evidence soon, and how they’ll take it forward with DfT.”

Responding to the outcome NTDA Chief Executive Officer Stefan Hay said: “Common sense has, once again, prevailed. To be perfectly honest, this was a predictable outcome. As expressed on many previous occasions, it is the view of the NTDA and its members, that the date of the first MOT should remain at 3 years for motorcycles, cars and light goods vehicles and we hope that we do not have to repeat this consultation exercise again anytime soon.

We agree, of course, that the MOT scheme should be continuously reviewed and enhanced to ensure it is not abused, remains valid and fit for purpose and welcome the commitment from the DfT to continuously monitor technological developments that could require an altered MOT, such as advanced driver assistance systems and developments in EV vehicle technology.

The NTDA is resolute in maintaining the position that the current frequency is a primary element in the success of the MOT scheme providing a high level of road safety. In addition, our member’s own research predominantly shows that their customers / motorists see it as an annual validation of their vehicle’s roadworthiness.”

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