The government has announced a review of the MOT testing rules and is going to consider the idea of only testing cars every two years.
The current rules require private cars to be tested annually once they are three years old. Three alternative options are being considered by the government, according to Auto Express:
- Annual testing after 4 years.
- Testing on a 4-2-1 basis – after four years, then at six years old, then annually.
- Testing on a 4-2-2-2-1 basis – i.e. testing a 4, 6, 8, 10 years old and then annually.
Apparently, these more relaxed rules are closer to the setups found in most other EU countries, which tend to have more relaxed vehicle testing rules than we do. Whether this is a good idea is another question, especially since many motorists seem to neglect their cars all year, only getting them up to scratch in time for their annual MOT.
In our recent survey, we found that 43% of motorists only check their tyres for damage or excessive wear once a year – before their car goes for an MOT. This suggests that many motorists only pay lip service to keeping their vehicles roadworthy unless they are forced to.
On the other hand, cars are a lot more reliable than they used to be, at least when they are less than 10 years old. This is clearly what the government is thinking; Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond said:
Car technology has come a long way since the 1960s when our MOT regime was introduced. That’s why we think its right to look again to check whether we still have the right balance of MOT testing for modern vehicles.”
What do you think? Will relaxing the MOT rules result in an increase in the number of dangerous cars on the roads, or is the current annual testing regime excessive for modern cars? Leave a comment below and let us know.