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Government proposes four-year exemption before first MOT

Monday 23 January 2017, By Autovolo

Government proposes four-year exemption before first MOT

Government proposes four-year exemption before first MOT

The government is consulting on plans to increase the MOT exemption period for new vehicles from three years to four years.

The proposed changes were yesterday put forward by Transport Minister Andrew Jones, as part of plans to save motorists more than £100 million per year.

If successful, the move would align England, Scotland and Wales with Northern Ireland, as well as with France, Italy, Spain and a number of other European countries.

Jones said: “We have some of the safest roads in the world and MOT tests play an important role in ensuring the standard of vehicles on our roads.

“New vehicles are much safer than they were 50 years ago and so it is only right we bring the MOT test up to date to help save motorists money where we can.”

In 1967, the MOT-free period was reduced from 10 years to the current three-year length. Legally, all vehicles have to be roadworthy, regardless of whether they have passed an MOT. The test content will not be changed.

Annually, more than 2.2 million cars are put through their first MOT, which can cost as much as £54.85.

Over the past 10 years, the number of three- or four-year-old cars that have been involved in an accident where a vehicle defect was a contributing factor has fallen by nearly two-thirds. In 2006, there were 155 cases, and just 57 in 2015.

The Driver Vehicle Standards Agency named faulty lights as the most common reason a car fails its MOT.

Close to half the faults found during an MOT could be avoided if owners checked their vehicles and performed simple maintenance prior to the test, such as replacing light bulbs and checking oil.

Subject to public consultation, the proposed changes could be implemented in 2018.