'No' to MOT extension

Time 5:21 pm, December 8, 2008

government no to mot extensionDEPARTMENT for Transport recommendations have today ruled out a change in the MOT frequency laws.

It had been proposed that the MOT switch to a 4-2-2 testing cycle, rather than the current 3-1-1 system.

The DfT has conducted a study into the costs and benefits – and concluded that the current MOT test is ‘beneficial’ and ‘should be maintained’.

This has been praised by the RMIF.

‘The Government’s own recommendation that the frequency of the MOT test should not be reduced is very welcome news, and a clear indication that the concerns of the MOT sector have been heeded,’ said head of MOT operations, Stephen Coles.

‘This announcement is good news for the industry, consumer choice and, most importantly, road safety.’

The RMIF has led the campaign against the proposed change. It would hit consumer choice and road safety, said Coles. The 19,200 MOT testing stations would be at risk were any change to go ahead.

‘This should… end the long-standing uncertainty felt by the MOT sector.’

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