A recent consultation by the UK government to "ensure MOT (tests) remain fit for the future" may result in delaying the initial MOT of a vehicle.
The idea, which comes amid the rising popularity of hybrid and electric vehicles as well as the emergence of new vehicle technologies, will change how cars, motorcycles, and vans are tested for their MOTs.
What Changes are Being Made to MOTs?
The government estimates that shifting the date of a new vehicle's first MOT from three years after first registration to four years will save motorists almost £100 million annually in MOT payments. This is one of the most significant changes planned. Because modern technology like lane-keeping assistance increases road safety, the government claims that delaying a car's first MOT by a year won't have an influence.
Drivers are being asked to weigh in on the new first date for an MOT, how implementing the move would affect companies, and whether any other changes should be made as part of the consultation. As numerous other European nations, including Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, currently conduct roadworthiness inspections four years after a vehicle is first registered.
What Does This Mean for EV Vehicles?
Changes to EV testing are also being considered, and possible tests may be implemented to enhance safety and dependability through battery tests. The ministry added that EVs might be used to determine whether new legislation to take action against extremely loud engines should be adopted.
What Do the Insurance Companies Say?
To ensure that new technologies like "advanced safety features and autonomous systems" are adequately inspected, the AA supports maintaining MOT testing up to date and "fit for purpose." However, the driving group cautioned against doing away with regular inspections and advocated against delaying a vehicle's first MOT until year four, stating that brake and tyre problems frequently arise after three years.
The RAC is not opposed to delaying a car's initial MOT by a year but believes that higher-mileage vehicles should be checked sooner. The association indicated it was dismayed that the government was "still exploring the concept of lengthening the period between MOTs".
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