13 Jul 2024
The voice of the independent garage sector

MOT consultation 3-1-1 result “fantastic outcome”

With the Government’s MOT consultation response now out,  more companies and organisations across the industry are continuing to express their relief over the maintaining of the 3-1-1 frequency.

LKQ UK & Ireland CEO, Kevan Wooden observed: “This is a fantastic outcome for UK road users and the aftermarket. We lobbied hard alongside our industry partners to push back against the proposed changes on the grounds that they would put the UK’s hard-won reputation for road safety at risk, endanger our national net zero ambitions and increase costs to motorists. And this is without mentioning the impact it would have had on work volumes in the aftermarket. As with Block Exemption, we have once again shown the impact the industry can have when it comes together to push for what’s right.”  

Organisations across the sector including the IGA, IAAF and NFDA worked to put the case for the 3-1-1.  The IMI’s consultation submission was supported by data from Garage Industry Trends. Garage Hive and Lindleys Autocentres Director Alex Lindley analysed 200 million lines of MOT data through which he identified key issues. This included the fact that the first MOT failure rate for EVs on dangerous items was actually higher than for petrol vehicles.

Commenting on the outcome of the consultation, Alex said: “It’s obviously great news, particularly for the independent sector, that relies on those cars coming through for the first MOT after three years.  But most importantly, just based clearly on the evidence, it’s the right thing for drivers.I’m really chuffed so well done to everybody that campaigned to make sure the MOT stays the way it is.

He added: “It’s a very sensible outcome. I think it would have been quite difficult for the government to decide to go against its own data so it doesn’t come as much surprise – but of course you never really know what’s going on behind the scenes.”

Many equipment suppliers were also concerned. MAHA UK Managing Director Neil Ebbs said: “Extending the MOT frequency could have increased the number of vehicles, in a non-roadworthy condition, on our roads; therefore, we welcome the news that the 3-1-1 will remain unchanged. Vehicle and roadworthiness are paramount; therefore, maintaining the current inspection frequency is a positive step towards supporting this.”

The response as seen does not cover everything the consultation looked at however, and there is more to come. GEA Chief Executive Julian Woods observed: “We are very pleased to see that the Government has listened to our industry’s feedback and comments on the MOT consultation part one and are now not looking to alter the first presented date of vehicles for MOT testing. Let’s hope that we can see a similar outcome on part two of the consultation where they were looking at the future of MOT testing and what should be included in future updates to MOT testing standards. “