Campaign against MOT reductions gathers support

mot centre 12th December 2011

Support is growing for a campaign aimed at preventing the government from reducing the required frequency of MOT testing for cars in the UK.

Under current rules, all cars over three years old in the UK must undergo an MOT test on an annual basis in order to check for damage and repairs.

The ProMOTe campaign has been set up to fight against any potential changes to this rule with the road safety body already garnering significant support from the industry.

So far organisations including Brake, the RAC and AA have all endorsed the initiative, which is calling for the current system to stay in place.

ProMOTe pointed to the importance of regular MOT checks, given the recent rise in failure rates from 29 per cent over 2004/2005 to 41 per cent in 2009/2010.

As an example, the charity also cited worn tyres found in the UK, with the number of illegal worn compounds discovered rising from 14 per cent to 50 per cent in the last three years.

John Ball, MOT chairman of the Retail Motor Industry Federation,said: “Braking distances…between new tyres compared to tyres with only just the legal limit of 1.6mm of tread left are huge…Take away the MOT for another 12 months and this issue can only get worse.”

Posted by Danielle Barge