In a remarkable change of policy, the Department for Transport (DfT) has decided to leave the frequency of the MOT certification process exactly as it is.
The announcement yesterday by Transport Minister Justine Greening means cars will require an MOT after three years and then annually, just as before. It was expected to be changed to four years before the first certificate was required and then a further two years before the car was tested again, to fall in line with most EU countries. It is thought Ms Greening was persuaded to maintain the status quo after a report by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) revealed that in MOT tests last year, garages missed major faults on over 25% of cars tested and passed thousands of cars that should not have been given a certificate. It is now thought the DfT will take stringent measures to ensure MOT centres improve their services.
Ms Greening said: “Our garages are crucial to ensuring that Britain’s roads continue to be among the safest in the world. Most are doing good work but the latest data shows that there is room for improvement. 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.”
One difference to the MOT already announced is that cars will in future have their mileage recorded when the test takes place and the certificate will hold the three previous years mileage as well. This will stop the practice of “clocking” and motorists will have more confidence in the mileage on a cars odometer when they get a motor insurance quote on a vehicle they propose to buy.