The vehicle MOT Test debate

Vehicle MOT Test debate - New legislation could compromise safety
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Currently, UK legislation rules that a vehicle MOT test should be carried out annually for vehicles over three years old. However, in a recent review by the UK government to explore innovative ways to ease livings costs, they proposed altering the annual review to biannual which would mean vehicle MOT tests taking place once, every two years.

Whilst drivers might find this decision attractive, especially when car running costs are at an all time high with excessive fuel prices. Increasing the MOT term could actually have a negative impact on safety.

In a recent article by the express.co.uk – MOT changes would result in millions of dangerous cars on UK roads, they quoted, “The latest DVSA figures for MOT testing reveal that some 30 percent of all MOT tests taken in the UK are failed, with almost ten percent of those for a ‘dangerous item’.”

By reviewing vehicles yearly means that UK roads are relatively safe from dangerous vehicles. However, if the government decide to alter this, then the safety of drivers, passengers and other road users including pedestrians could be dangerously compromised.

A Vehicle MOT Test – What you should know?

  1. A MOT test occurs once a year. You can find when your vehicle’s MOT Test is due by entering your car registration number into the UKGOV website – https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/.
  2. The MOT will cover a variety of vehicle safety aspects, both inside and out of the vehicle. Your MOT Test advisor will discuss the car’s history and any safety / repair aspects when you book a MOT Test.
  3. There are some obvious checks, repairs and upgrades that you can make to the vehicle prior to a test to minimise vehicle MOT Test failure. Aspects such as poor tyres, cracked number plates and headlight / indicator covers can be independently replaced to improve the over-all condition of the vehicle before booking the test.
  4. If a vehicle fails the MOT Test, the driver will be informed and a next stage to fix any negative results is outlined between the driver and MOT Test centre. During the failure period, the driver MUST NOT drive the vehicle unless they are taking it to a workshop garage for further exploration or if the vehicle is ready to be re-tested.
  5. If a vehicle passes a MOT Test, the driver is issued with a dated MOT Test pass certificate which can be used as evidence for a safe car when taxing or applying for insurance. The pass certificate may also include advisories which may need to be addressed at a later date.
  6. FYI – A vehicle MOT Test does not include brake checks; However they may be indicated as an advisory on a MOT Test review. Brake checks are usually carried out through annual vehicle servicing or can be checked by an independent brake supplier,

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