The British Tyre Manufacturers Association (BTMA) and National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA), who represent tyre manufacturers and retailers in the UK, welcome the government’s decision to maintain the present 3-1-1 MOT testing regime for light vehicles. Once again, industry and motorists have joined together to defend a cornerstone of the UK’s exceptional record on road safety, one of the best in the world.
The MOT test was first introduced in 1960 to assure the effectiveness of safety-critical components such as tyres and brakes. Both the BTMA and NTDA welcome government’s commitment to ensure the MOT remains fit for the future as it considers ways to modernise the test to accommodate new technologies.
In recent years, vehicle technology has evolved rapidly with the introduction of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems of various kinds. Since these have implications for road safety, the BTMA and NTDA will continue to advocate strongly for their inclusion in the MOT.
In view of the heightened focus on the environmental impact of motoring, both organisations will also continue to advocate for the adoption of improved checks at MOT on tyre inflation and wheel alignment using modern workshop technology.
Research by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) shows widespread disregard of advisory notices by motorists. Again, the BTMA and NTDA will continue to propose alternative solutions to granting a one-year certificate for vehicles with tyres that are only just legal when presented at MOT.
Additionally, the BTMA and NTDA will also continue to support the proposal that vehicles and their components should be checked at MOT for outstanding safety recalls.