Bi-annual MOT test scrapped

Modern cars are well engineered there is no need for regular, one-year MOT tests. Well, nice try. The Government however has now ditched plans to introduce bi-yearly MOT tests following pressure from motor safety campaigners.

More death on the road they said, plus worry over the quality of inspections - and the government has the numbers to prove it.

Annual test stays

Transport secretary Justine Greening also says that the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) found that almost 28% of car tested in 2010-2011 had one or more defects missed, or not identified properly, by MOT test centres. Also, one out of every eight cars had their roadworthiness not assessed correctly.

Greening says she is introducing one key change to the MOT process aimed at helping drivers spot clocked vehicles - so MOT test certificates in future will show mileage information for the last three years, and car buyers will be able to check the full MOT history of vehicles online via a MOT database.


Greening also wants a 'Motorists' Forum sub-group' by which consumer confidence across garage services is measured (though consumer organisations like Which? already do an effective job here).

"I expect more ideas and measures," says Greening, "to develop once the Motorists' Forum subgroup is established, and there will be opportunities for all interested parties to contribute to the debate."

"I want each motorist to be confident that a visit to the garage ends with their car repaired to a high standard by reputable mechanics rather than uncertainty about cost and the quality of service."

So, another government U-turn. The once-a-year MOT test, first introduced in the 1960s, stays.

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