Scrap the Annual MoT for Passenger Cars

Every passenger car in Britain is required by law to submit to an annual examination to ensure it is fit for purpose and is roadworthy. A sound idea, one would think. Unfortunately it is open to abuse by certain unscrupulous dealers and garages, which results in cars being unfairly scrapped.

In a society like ours, where so many businesses are under pressure to meet sales targets, the temptation to "modify the facts" has proven irresistable to many used-car dealers. They have only to promise "kick-backs" to some garages to have the annual MoT certification failed. Often such failure is synonymous with expensive repairs, which leaves the owner thinking it might be the better solution to scrap the car and replace it with a new, albeit used, model. This enables the dealer to meet targets and the garage to increase profits, whilst the car owner is, as usual, left paying out more money. This is not true of every used car dealer, but is certainly more common than one might think.

Scrapping the current legislation whereby the MoT certificate has to be renewed every year with a more sensible arrangement would go a long way toward improving the situation.

One option would be to require certification based on distance travelled. Thus a car used extensively for work or pleasure might require certification once a year; while a car used for once a fortnight shopping, and one or two mainland holidays need only be examined every three years or so.

It is interesting to note that in the European Union, where so many rules that adversely affect the British way of life are generated, their directive 96/96/EC of 20 December 1996 requires an examination once every two years.

Ireland, France, Germany, Japan and Singapore, to name just a few, are countries that also require cars to be certified as roadworthy every two years. There is no good reason to plague us with annual MoT certification.

Why is this idea important?

Every passenger car in Britain is required by law to submit to an annual examination to ensure it is fit for purpose and is roadworthy. A sound idea, one would think. Unfortunately it is open to abuse by certain unscrupulous dealers and garages, which results in cars being unfairly scrapped.

In a society like ours, where so many businesses are under pressure to meet sales targets, the temptation to "modify the facts" has proven irresistable to many used-car dealers. They have only to promise "kick-backs" to some garages to have the annual MoT certification failed. Often such failure is synonymous with expensive repairs, which leaves the owner thinking it might be the better solution to scrap the car and replace it with a new, albeit used, model. This enables the dealer to meet targets and the garage to increase profits, whilst the car owner is, as usual, left paying out more money. This is not true of every used car dealer, but is certainly more common than one might think.

Scrapping the current legislation whereby the MoT certificate has to be renewed every year with a more sensible arrangement would go a long way toward improving the situation.

One option would be to require certification based on distance travelled. Thus a car used extensively for work or pleasure might require certification once a year; while a car used for once a fortnight shopping, and one or two mainland holidays need only be examined every three years or so.

It is interesting to note that in the European Union, where so many rules that adversely affect the British way of life are generated, their directive 96/96/EC of 20 December 1996 requires an examination once every two years.

Ireland, France, Germany, Japan and Singapore, to name just a few, are countries that also require cars to be certified as roadworthy every two years. There is no good reason to plague us with annual MoT certification.

MoT tests should be every 2 years

I believe that in many other countries their MoT tests are every 2 or 3 years, given that we are all driving the same cars why do we need to test our cars for road-worthiness every year ?

Why is this idea important?

I believe that in many other countries their MoT tests are every 2 or 3 years, given that we are all driving the same cars why do we need to test our cars for road-worthiness every year ?

Make MoT tests every two years for newer cars.

MoT tests are annual from the car's third birthday.  But cars today are much more reliable than when this regulation was introduced.  The start point could be changed to year four or five and the tests made every two years until the car was, say ten years old.

Why is this idea important?

MoT tests are annual from the car's third birthday.  But cars today are much more reliable than when this regulation was introduced.  The start point could be changed to year four or five and the tests made every two years until the car was, say ten years old.

Relax MOT regulations

Make the date of the first MOT later in the life of the car.

For example: make first MOT manadatory when car is 5 years old (not 3 as now) or has done 60,000 miles, whichever comes sooner. This saves car owners money and hassle.

It would need research to show this would not materially reduce road safety.

 

Why is this idea important?

Make the date of the first MOT later in the life of the car.

For example: make first MOT manadatory when car is 5 years old (not 3 as now) or has done 60,000 miles, whichever comes sooner. This saves car owners money and hassle.

It would need research to show this would not materially reduce road safety.