Campaigners have criticised government planned changes to the MOT test, which they say will make our roads more dangerous. Due to improvements in reliability and safety in modern cars, the government has planned to extend the annual roadworthiness test from three to four years. This plan is currently undergoing a consultation period.
But some have expressed concern. This, they say, will see 385,000 cars on the road that would’ve failed their first MOT “slip through the net and remain on the road unrepaired.” Consumer motoring site HonestJohn.co.uk analysed millions of MOT records from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and found that as many as one in six cars failed their first ever test, with unsafe lights, tyres, and even brakes being among the most common causes.
HonestJohn.co.uk obtained the data following a Freedom of Information request and a “protracted fight” with the DVSA to make it public. It has published it in full on HonestJohn.co.uk/mot.
The website has also criticised plans to exempt cars over 40 years old from the test. This is in spite of a government consultation that showed most people – including classic car clubs – were against the idea that will take effect from May 2018.
Those who do wish to get their cars tested, “if only for their own peace of mind” will still be able to do so but will not be required to.