IMI backs MOT updates

The Department for Transport has launched a public consultation on the future of MOTs.

To ensure MOTs remain fit for the future, the consultation is seeking views on a number of proposals, including changing the date at which the first MOT is required from three to four years.

It is also looking to update MOTs in line with modern technology, while at the same time balancing costs for motorists.

Hayley Pells, policy manager at the Institute of the Motor Industry, said: “The advances seen in automotive technology and systems, for improved performance and safety as well as reduced environmental impact, mean the current MOT model is well overdue for review and the IMI welcomes the announcement of this public consultation.

“Although never a substitute for the recommended maintenance and repairs that motorists are responsible for to maintain roadworthiness, the current MOT test could be improved and new methods explored that better fit the current car parc, and the automotive technology of the future. For example, autonomous emergency braking is now more widely adopted and it is critical that motorists have the confidence that these systems are working correctly.

“The question of MOT testing frequency is also part of the consultation; an important issue that has dominated conversation about testing for some time. What is important to ensure is that a focus on cost-saving does not put road users at heightened risk.

“The IMI will be actively engaging with its members who represent the highest standards of skills, and presenting these findings along with considered opinion of the impact of change within the sector.”