Government MOT test decision ‘good news’

The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) has welcomed the government’s decision to stick with the current frequency of the MOT test.

The decision was made after the Department for Transport (DfT) published the MOT Scheme Evidence-Base.

A 3-1-1 MOT frequency is currently in operation which means that cars must have an MOT three years after they are first registered and then every year thereafter. There had been speculation that a 4-2-2 system would be adopted to save money.

Stephen Coles, head of MOT operations at RMIF was always opposed to the 4-2-2 idea.

He said: "Because of the reduced frequency of testing, 4-2-2 would have had a negative impact on consumer choice, and road safety, as well as the 19,200 businesses in the UK that operate an MOT testing station.

Mr Coles thinks that the government’s decision should end the "long-standing uncertainty felt by the MOT sector".

"This announcement is good news for the industry, consumer choice, and most importantly road safety," he added.

The RMIF has promised to continue to liaise with government departments to further develop the MOT testing scheme.

Written by Shangri Larrson

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