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New MoT law 'could put drivers at risk'


Government proposals to reduce MoTs on new vehicles from three years to four could result in a significant increase in the number of unroadworthy cars on our roads as well as a huge jump in failed tests.

While the law change could see more than two million drivers avoiding paying for an MoT each year, after analysing over 47,000 lines of data from 2016, have uncovered that there are 44% more repairs carried out on cars in their fourth year than in their third year.

This suggests there will be a much larger proportion of unroadworthy cars on the road due to problems not being spotted with the absence of an MoT at the three-year mark.

“Worryingly, 40% of that work is replacing brake pads and discs, meaning millions of cars could be on the road with faulty brakes.

“Travelling at 70mph on a motorway with poor brakes can easily result in a fatal accident”, said Louis Butcher (pictured), digital marketing manager.

For some brands, the problem is particularly problematic, he said.

Cars manufactured by Skoda suffer 51% more repairs in their fourth year compared to their third year, whereas BMW, Vauxhall and VW suffer 52% more.

“The financial implications are not great for drivers either.

“Although two million drivers will avoid paying for an MoT each year, a significant proportion of vehicles will likely fail their MoT resulting in drivers having to spend money on repairs and a retest.”

Across every major car make and model in the UK, the average repair bill in the fourth year is £185, however, when the larger jobs such as clutch, gearbox and engine repairs are analysed, this rises to £382.

“These figures show that new legislation could put drivers at risk for the sake of saving money on one MoT test.

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  • Philip Wright - 06/04/2017 08:06

    America doesn't have MOT's and they don't have a problem. The driver is responsible for the road-worthiness of the vehicle so it is purely down to them to maintain their car to a safe standard and if not maintained correctly they should be educated (we have VOSA for this). I really do doubt that having an MOT every four years would make such a big difference. As technology improves the cars computer informs you of punctures, low break pad levels, inoperative lights, low screen wash levels, low oil levels etc. If a new cars other components such as suspension can't last longer than this then the car industry needs to buck its ideas up. I think that the way the driving test is conducted plays an important roll, how many of those travelling along the motorway have had motorway lessons and or training!?