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MOT Test – Will It Always Be Annual?

MOT Test – Will It Always Be Annual?

Posted On 06 Apr, 2015

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This year, the UK Government is changing how MOT testing works. Its official blog says that MOT modernisation is a project being run by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

‘It’s being done to update and simplify MOT processes and policies to help improve road safety and test quality,’ says the Government.

This is all part of a need to meet changes required by the EU. These are due to be in place by 2017.

At the moment, the changes only affect the garages running MOTs. These must use new online systems to report on the testing. The idea is to ensure garages run effective and efficient MOTs and keep motoring safe. The Government wants to make driving better all round, and check on how garages run MOTs more tightly.

MOT for the future
You might think that if the Government wants to tighten up on MOT, then a good way to do it would be to test more often. Changes to whether older cars require an MOT at all are coming, but not for a year or two yet.

But, there is a limit to how practical it is to regularly test cars. For a start, there are a lot of them. So if you test them more regularly, there could be a bottleneck, and getting a test could become troublesome.

Additionally, some parts of your car don’t need checking that often. Doing so would cost you money, take time, and ultimately not really make driving that much safer.

For the moment, no change is coming on how often the test is required. The Government wants to use an ‘evidence based’ approach to MOT. That just means it wants more data on how many cars are failing and passing. That’s why it’s making garages shift their testing online.

It may be that one day the regularity of MOT changes. But for now, timings remain the same. It’s just garages that need to keep an eye on developments.

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