Following a consultation on whether the rules around MOT testing needed to be updated the Government has committed to retaining the existing timings.
The first MOT for cars, vans and motorbikes will remain at three years with further tests annually for the life of the vehicle. This follows extensive consultation with motoring organisations who expressed fears that, should the timings be extended, it could cause safety issues and ultimately cost motorists more for repairs.
Feedback showed concerns over testing for electric and automated vehicles and the Government intend to explore ways to make the existing test more specific. There are also plans to find ways to improve the effectiveness of diesel emissions testing to ensure compliance with emissions regulations.
Both the AA and IAM Roadsmart welcomed the news that the Government had listened to motorists concerns. Studies by the AA show that an annual MOT can save drivers as much as £400 by spotting potential faults before they develop into larger problems. IAM Roadsmart commented that well-maintained vehicles make the roads safer and reduce the chances of collisions caused by worn-out parts and more serious defects.
Longer term reforms to the regulations around MOT testing will continue to be considered to take account of the ever changing technology or cars, vans and motorbikes.