Industry welcomes MOT decision

The industry has reacted positively to news that MOT tests will remain at three years after registration, and annually thereafter.

The government was considering extending the period to initial testing from three to four years, but after consulting with the industry has announced the testing periods will remain unchanged.

Sue Robinson, chief executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), said: “We are pleased that the government has heeded the points outlined in NFDA’s consultation response and has made the decision today to maintain the first MOT test at three years rather than increase it to four, as was proposed. This announcement is extremely positive for our members and consumers. In the consultation, NFDA largely expressed our concerns for motorists’ safety and stressed the importance of vehicle safety and maintaining the UK’s leading safety record in roads.

“NFDA will continue to work closely with the government as it seeks to establish a programme of longer-term reform for MOTs and looks to explore modernising the test for electric vehicles.”

Stuart James, chief executive of the Independent Garage Association, added: “We are pleased that the government has listened to our concerns and opted to retain the three-year time period to first MOT. Public safety is paramount, and the decision aligns with our commitment to protecting motorists by ensuring the continued effectiveness of MOT testing in identifying potential safety issues as early as possible.”

Meanwhile, Hayley Pells, policy lead at the IMI, said: “We welcome the government’s commitment to maintaining the first MOT at three years and annual testing thereafter. This aligns with our findings on the importance of regular checks for road safety and vehicle maintenance.

“The decision to further explore modernising tests for electric and automated vehicles is a positive step towards addressing the unique challenges and advancements in vehicle technology. We also appreciate the focus on diesel emissions, which is crucial for environmental concerns. The conclusion of the consultation also underscores the need for ongoing adaptations in MOT testing to keep pace with rapidly evolving vehicle technologies and environmental considerations.”