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Consultation on Future of MOTs

Posted in General News on Friday, January 20th, 2023

The Department for Transport (DfT) has officially launched a public consultation on the future of MOTs and whether the date of the first MOT for new cars should be moved from three years after purchase to four years. The government is confident that this change would not have a negative impact on road safety. The DfT is looking to gain a better understanding of the state of the industry and ensure that road worthiness checks continue to meet the required standards, whilst not intensifying the cost-of-living crisis for motorists. The government also wants to make sure that the tests keep up with technological advancements. Planned new measures include the testing of pollutants such as particulate number and NoX to ensure that vehicles meet emissions standards. The consultation will also look at how the MOT can be improved for electric vehicles (EVs).

You can access the consultation by visiting

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Mike Ibbotson

Friday, January, 20th, 2023

My present driving is 2,000 miles per year, my 2016 EV has now covered 11,500 miles,so has had 3 MOT's to date. Before I retired, I did 30,000+ miles per year as a representative,so in 3 years, I would have done 90,000 miles before an MOT but usually my car was replaced before the 3 year MOT. Therefore there are many cars on the road that will have covered a high mileage before needing that MOT, will they be safer with a 4 year MOT?

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Andy Grey Rider

Saturday, January, 21st, 2023

Change it to six months not a year because of the negligible actions of its user's and mechanical services personnel's ineptitude. When I was able-bodied and I don't say this lightly because some have been denied what I had. I have always respected those like myself now because I grew up in a wider family community full of an expansive range of disabilities; or gifts as we refer to them amongst ourselves. I am IMI and EAL certified. I know too much that's not much use to me now and I cannot see anyone interested in what I know. Mechanical sympathy is to the usual driver or rider, an interface between key and the action of turning or depressing. They know absolutely diddly squat about their rides and listen to erroneous acquaintances instead. I have my vehicle on a 5-year Motability lease because of Covid. The maintenance by the dealership has been gradually getting worse. You tell them of the faults and it's in one ear and out the other. I do not know how my vehicle passed the MOT yet it did because the stamped service book says so. Talk of cost of living crisis. At my dealership it's a cost of laziness. I am very sick but I could still have completed the tasks in half the time. I am certified for pre-MOT testing and Pre-Delivery Inspection - PDI. Yes, I am qualified to maintain any vehicle including commercial use too. It's a two make dealership that has vehicles with similar setups throughout their workings. Either they're employing idiots with poor communication skills or they're having a party because I sat in my wheelchair for three and a half hours in the showroom listening to them larking about in the service bay and aforesaid showroom. I would not like to see my employees behave in this manner in front of our customers. They'd be on a disciplinary process out of the door. I know what to look for in a successful vehicle maintenance business. I cannot wait for the lease to expire and have no intention of ever extending it again. Not after what I witnessed.

ChrisK's Gravatar

Monday, January, 30th, 2023

Very few accidents are caused by faulty cars but many accidents are caused by faulty drivers.