A car’s first MOT after three years should not be pushed back to four years, according to SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) research, with 76% of drivers wanting to keep MOTs at their current timeframe.
The public’s trust in the MOT test procedure was affirmed by the polls which found 83% agreeing that the £45 test fee is worth their peace of mind, and three-quarters opposing the Government’s plan to move the test to four-year-old cars, rather than three. According to the polls, 68% agreed that having a car’s first MOT in its fourth year, rather than third, put road users at risk. In addition, 25.6% thought the proposed changes would not risk road users' safety.
The biggest majority was found in how little the public would trust a used car more than three years old without an MOT; 89% said they would be unlikely to buy one. The SMMT also revealed that 17% of all first MOTs on cars are failed; the cars do not meet minimum safety requirements.