A Government proposal to reduce the frequency of MOT tests to help with costs for cash-strapped motorists has been labelled ‘dangerous’ by road safety campaigners, garages and motoring experts. The new rules would see annual MOT testing changed to every other year, but they say this would actually increase running costs and repair bills for motorists.
ROSPA (Royal Society of the Presentation of Accidents) has also cautioned against these proposals, which the Transport Secretary is refusing to rule out, warning that it will inevitably lead to increased numbers of injuries and fatalities on the road. In 2020, there were 29 fatal accidents and 345 serious injuries from road traffic accidents where defective vehicles were a contributing factor.
In the period 2020-2021, around 30% of vehicles were reported as failing their MOT test. Potentially, removing the need for annual testing would result in defective vehicles staying on the road for a year longer, therefore posing greater risk.
Currently, MOT testing for cars, vans and motorcycles is an annual requirement. At West End Service Station, we provide customers in Neath, Port Talbot, and the surrounding areas, with their annual MOT test. You can check when your MOT test is due using the MOT checker on the GOV UK website, and then book in for a new test by calling us on 01639 886352.