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MOT Frequency Will Not Change
Date Listed: 07/02/2012
The Government has confirmed that the proposed plans to change the frequency of the MOT test will not go through. The intention was to change the test to a 4-2-2 system, bringing it in line with European rules. This decision will please many who were opposing the change; critics believed that these new regulations would end up costing motorists more and lead to an increase in unsafe cars on the road.
In an official statement Transport Secretary Justine Greening has said: “having listened closely to the very many views put forward and considered the available evidence, I have decided that I am not going to carry out further work in relation to relaxing the first test date or the frequency of testing.”
Whilst the changes will not go through, the government still intends to conduct a full review of the MOT test following damming findings by the VOSA; steps will be taken including, “mystery shopper tests”, to allow the Government to vet MOT centres and ensure reliability.
Statistics from the Vehicle and Operator Service Agency (VOSA) have shown that more than a quarter of vehicles tested in 2010 – 2011 had one or more car defects that were either missed by MOT test centres or wrongly assessed, meaning that thousands of cars were incorrectly passed as road worthy.