Drivers oppose EU MOT rules, says IAM

21st November 2011

The majority of UK drivers are opposed to new European Union (EU) MOT check regulations, according to a survey from the Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM).

According to the survey, 60 per cent of IAM members think that the current UK system, where an MOT test is conducted after three years, should stay in place.

Under this system, subsequent checks are carried out every year in a 3-1-1 cycle.

In contrast, just 29 per cent believe that the new EU system for MOTs, which sees tests conducted every four years, should be introduced.

This system sees further checks take place every two years in a 4-2-2 cycle.

The majority of European nations currently use the latter system though with the UK government currently considering introducing the format.

Simon Best, IAM chief executive admitted he was wary of "abandoning our well-established and accepted cycle of MOT testing".

Instead, Mr Best called for a careful review of the current MOT check format.

"Before any change to the system, the government should commission a review to assure motorists that MOT tests are safe, reliable and consistent," he said.

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