05 Mar 2024

MOT consultation: Test to stay at 3-1-1

MOTs will continue to be undertaken on the existing 3-1-1 pattern, it has been confirmed by Government following the publication of its response to the MOT consultation today (Thursday 25 January).

The consultation, which ran from January to March 2023 saw the UK automotive sector come together to oppose proposals to test vehicles from when they are four years old, with the possibility of the annual MOT becoming an every-other-year appointment.

Roads Minister, Guy Opperman, said: “We have listened to drivers and industry, and keeping MOTs in their current form shows once again that we are on the side of motorists. By offering clarity on MOT tests, alongside our recent street works consultation and unprecedented £8.3 billion to resurface roads, we are helping motorists drive with peace of mind and ensuring Britain’s roads continue to be some of the safest in the world.”

The consultation also considered the wider future of the MOT, and sought opinions on how to move the test forward to take into account advances in vehicle technology such as ADAS and to address vehicle emissions, with an emphasis on diesel particulate emissions testing

Neil Barlow, Head of Vehicle Policy at DVSA, observed: “Ensuring the MOT remains fit for the future is a key part of DVSA’s work and getting ready for new technology will help keep Britain’s roads safe. We hope, this positive news will provide some certainty for garages to enable the investment in new technologies that could be needed to keep the MOT at the forefront of road safety and the environment.”

AA CEO Jakob Pfaudler said:  “AA polling showed drivers overwhelmingly (83%) supported the annual MOT for keeping their cars and other cars safe. With 1 in 10 cars failing their first MOT, we fully support the government’s pragmatic decision to maintain the first MOT at 3 years and annually thereafter.”

SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes noted: “Government and the automotive industry have worked together to ensure the UK has some of the world’s safest roads. The decision to retain the existing MOT system is the right one, helping maintain this proud record and giving drivers confidence in car and van roadworthiness. With vehicle technology continuing to evolve at pace in terms of both safety and environmental performance, we will maintain this collaboration with government and other stakeholders so that the MOT continues to be fit for purpose, helping Britain improve what is already a strong road safety record.”

IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Standards Nicholas Lyes added: “An MOT gives drivers confidence their vehicle is conforming to minimum roadworthiness standards and many see it as an essential technical health check. Well-maintained vehicles make our roads safer and reduce the chances of collisions caused by worn-out parts and more serious defects.  We welcome the Government listening to drivers and prioritising both road safety and emissions as part of this package of announcements.”

To view the consultation outcome, visit: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changes-to-the-date-of-the-first-mot-test-and-research-into-other-mot-enhancements