The government has changed its mind on proposals to extend the length of time until new cars are required to have an MOT.
Under current regulations – and this is now the way it will stay – new cars do not need to have an MOT for their first three years. The government had backed a plan to push this back to four years, but has since changed its stance following a public consultation in which over half of people voted against the proposal.
Ministers had argued that more advanced manufacturing meant modern cars stayed safer for longer. While this may well be true, it appears the public are still very concerned about road safety, which was the main reason given for rejecting the plans.
In a statement issued by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) MP Jesse Norman commented: “The changes proposed had potential for both benefits and risks, and after due consideration I do not consider it right to take them forward at this time.”
Speaking to This Is Money, Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, supported the decision to stick with the first MOT at three years, explaining that having this annual test “focuses drivers’ minds on the state of their vehicle”.
He added that having the MOT starting earlier could even end up saving motorists money, by flagging up small problems before they become much bigger and more costly issues to repair.
Make sure you don’t miss your car’s MOT date – it’s always better to get in touch with your garage early just in case they’re busy, and it never hurts to book it in for car servicing in Uxbridge at the same time.