MOT 4-1-1 scrapped by government

Published:  18 January, 2018

Proposed changes to the frequency of the MOT test have been called off by government, following strong opposition expressed in the MOT consultation. 

The decision was announced when the Department for Transport (DfT) issued its response to the consultation today (Thursday 18 January).

Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary under secretary of state for roads, local transport and devolution said:  “After careful consideration, I have decided not to proceed with the changes proposed to the timing of the first MOT test.

“Great Britain has a comprehensive testing system for vehicles which makes an important contribution to road safety. The changes proposed had potential for both benefits and risks, and after due consideration I do not consider it right to take them forward at this time.

He continued: “While the changes proposed in this consultation will not be taken forward at this time, further research will take place in the near future. This work will help to ensure that the MOT test remains robust and appropriate to the evolving needs of the road transport sector.

The move was quickly welcomed by the industry.

"Common sense has prevailed,” said Independent Garage Association (IGA) director Stuart James. “We applaud the government for listening to the industry and making the right decision."

Garage Equipment Association (GEA) chief executive Dave Garratt commented: “It’s great news indeed. The government stated in its announcement that the UK has some of the safest roads in the world.  This is exactly what we have been saying for the past 18 months, as well as the fact that delaying the introduction year or changing the frequency of the MOT would result in unnecessary risk to all road users. We are also pleased to see that Jesse Norman has said that the government are looking at ways to evolve the MOT to make sure that its meeting the demands of modern vehicle technology.”

Martin Gray, CEO of Euro Car Parts observed: “This is great news, both for the consumer and the independent repairer community. It is our belief, and that of the wider sector, that road users’ safety will be maintained as a result of this decision.”

Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) chief executive, Wendy Williamson commented: “It is an understatement to say that we are delighted that these plans have now been scrapped.”

National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) chief executive Stefan Hay added: “There was no support from the leading motoring bodies or automotive trade associations and motorists, overwhelmingly, appeared content with the 3-1-1 frequency. I am therefore delighted at this outcome which shows the democratic process at its best.”

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