4-2-2: Frequency change scrapped

Trade claim victory as annual testing retained

Published:  01 February, 2012

The Key proposals announced by the Transport Minister are to:

? Retain the existing rules on MOT test frequency since the evidence shows that vehicle defects are being missed and roadworthiness mis-assessed.

? Shine a light on the performance of MOT testing stations by releasing hitherto unpublished VOSA survey data on whether the sector is complying with test standards. This is published today.

? Work with motoring organisations to find out what problems motorists experience and enable them to share examples of good customer service - in particular to find ways to make it easier for customers to give feedback on their experiences of garages in a way that others can see - potentially in the manner of existing online hotel and restaurant review websites.

? Encourage the take up of industry codes of practice - and expand them to include MOT testing - so that customers can find garages signed up to schemes delivering the highest standards and take action if they have not received the service they expect.

? Help motorists to spot "clocked" second hand vehicles, by changing MOT certificates so that they carry the last three years' mileage information as well as the mileage on the day of the test, and encourage car buyers to check full MOT histories using the online MOT database.

? Arrange "mystery shopper" tests to help improve performance in addition to those already carried out by VOSA.

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