MOT test review

Government announcement passes AA members’ MoT test

1 February 2012

Government announcement passes AA members’ MoT test

Government announcement passes AA members’ MoT test

Today’s Department for Transport announcement indicating no change in the timing of MoT tests is a victory for common sense, 80% of AA members would agree.

There is room for improvement to the test and the AA strongly welcomes the Government’s decision to put it up on the ramp and ask those who rely on its protection what can be done.

Although not something that drivers look forward to, the value of the MoT test as a safety net to catch dangerous cars is undeniable.  AA Populus research among 18,732 AA members last July found that 94% of them considered the test important for UK road safety (71% very important).

Greater transparency with test data, such as tyre wear specific to a town or above average light failures that police may need to tackle on the road, could be beneficial to drivers and local authorities alike.  Tighter procedures to spot and deter clocking would be of enormous value.

The AA is delighted that the Transport Secretary has listened to the views of AA members who support the annual frequency of the MoT test

Edmund King, AA president

Comment

Edmund King, AA President, said: “The AA is delighted that the Transport Secretary has listened to the views of AA members who support the annual frequency of the MoT test.  We also welcome the decision to include mileage information on MOT certificates, which will help people buying used cars understand their history.  There are other ways the MoT can be improved and we will be polling our members to seek their views on making the test more relevant to today’s motoring.”

(updated 7 February 2012)