Garage MOT test standards crucial to road safety, says Greening

1st February 2012

Garages must maintain high standards in any MOT check they undertake in order to ensure roads stay safe, according to Transport Secetary Justine Greening.

Ms Greening issued the comments after the Department for Transport (DfT) conducted an evaluation of existing MOT test standards in the UK.

Based on the findings produced by the government, motorists could now be set for improvements in customer service from garages.

The transport minister unveiled the new changes today which will see MOT test frequency stay at an annual rate, alongside a number of other changes.

MOT test centres will face further scrutiny with Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) data set to be monitored to ensure standards are complied to.

The DfT will also work with motoring organisations to uncover common problems among drivers in the UK, while also introducing an industry code of practice.

In adidition to this, mystery shopper tests will monitor the performance of MOT testing across the UK.

Commenting on the plans, Ms Greening said: “Our garages are crucial to ensuring that Britain’s roads continue to be among the safest in the world.

"I want each motorist to be confident that a visit to the garage ends with their car repaired to a high standard by reputable mechanics."

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