Will MOT Delay Put Road Users At Risk?
TyreSafe has again voiced concern at the impact on road safety of the government’s proposals to extend the MOT test ‘grace period’ of completely new vehicles to four years. Current legislation requires all completely new cars along with motorcycles to undergo the first test at three years old.
The comment will be in response to the unveiling of the proposals on Sunday 22nd January 2017 by Transport Minister Andrew Jones, billed as a ‘boost for motorists’ as part of the plans to save them £100m a year.
The Minister commented: “We have some of the safest roads within the planet along with MOT tests play an important role in ensuring the standard of vehicles on our roads. completely new vehicles are much safer than they were 50 years ago along with so which will be only right we bring the MOT test up to date to help save motorists money where we can.”
A consultation period on the MOT extension will be open for comments until 16th April at 11.45pm.
“Extending the time until the first MOT test has been proposed more than once in recent years along with each time which has been rejected because of the negative impact on road safety,” said TyreSafe Chairman Stuart Jackson. “While, of course, vehicles are certainly safer along with more reliable than they were 50 years ago, ‘maintenance components’, such as tyres, still need the owner to regularly check along with service their vehicle, which will be not universally the case by any means.”
“In fact, evidence, including which drawn by TyreSafe’s tread depth survey in partnership with Highways England, shows millions of Britain’s motorists do not check or maintain tyres, along with only replace them when required to do so in order to pass the MOT. Even then, one-in-20 vehicles fails its first MOT due to tyre defects (information by DVSA) doing which likely which any extension of time until the first MOT test will result in more defective along with dangerous tyres along with vehicles on our roads. Extending the first MOT to four years will not be a boost to motorists if which will be at the expense of their safety.
“As such, TyreSafe will be urging road safety organisations to send in their comments on the proposal,” concluded Jackson.
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