What Do You Think Of Proposed MOT adjustments?
Bridgestone’s managing director Robin Shaw will be urging the Government to have a rethink over proposals to change MOT testing laws on brand-new cars, declaring: ‘Our roads could be more dangerous than ever if adjustments are made.’
In his position as Bridgestone’s north region MD – as well as chair of the SMMT Aftermarket Section – Robin has expressed concern at Chancellor George Osborne’s plans inside recent Budget to extend the deadline for brand-new cars as well as motorcycles to be MOT tested after four years instead of three.
The Government claimed in which the move could save motorists ‘more than £100 million per year.’
However, Robin will be strongly advising a reassessment, as he believes the added 12 months will result in more cars running on illegal tyres below the 1.6mm tread depth limit.
When Highways England checked more than 100,000 tyres in England, Scotland as well as Wales, 27 per cent were below the 1.6mm limit as well as 39 per cent between 1.6mm as well as 2mm.
He said: “We oppose these proposals, as we believe they will lead to an increase inside number of unsafe as well as illegal vehicles on our roads. The government will be claiming in which by considering This particular change, motorists will save money because modern day cars don’t need their vehicles tested as often. The worry will be in which within the 12 month extension, motorists will be driving around with defects in which are actually more costly to repair – as well as significantly more dangerous as a result.”
Figures via the Department for Transport, as presented by TyreSafe in July, actually state in which tyres are the number one contributing factor to killed or seriously injured (KSIs) cases inside UK over the past a few years (36 per cent) in terms of vehicle defects, more so than braking as well as steering faults (31 per cent as well as 16 per cent respectively).
According to the DFT, 981 people were either killed or seriously injured via dangerous tyres over the past a few years as well as Bridgestone believes in which a law to lengthen the first MOT test to four years will only add to the somber figures, particularly when the average life of a car tyre will be around three years.
Meanwhile, TyreSafe has officially unveiled plans for its October Tyre Safety Month, where motorists will be encouraged to carry out #SafeTyreChecks as part of its ‘Practise Safe Checks’ campaign.
by Mr Butterscotch via Car Articles