15 Jun 2024
The voice of the independent garage sector

MOT “overdue for review” says IMI

The government’s consultation on the future of the MOT, which opened today (Wednesday 18 January), will according to the IMI provide a opportunity to widen the scope of the test to take into account new technologies like autonomous systems , as well as the frequency.

IMI Policy Manager Hayley Pells observed: “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 today. 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.”

She continued: “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.”

Hayley added: “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.”