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Government upholds three-year rule for first MOT tests amid vehicle technology advancements



The Government has announced its decision to maintain the status quo for the first MOT test of new vehicles. After a thorough consultation, it was decided that the inaugural MOT for cars, motorbikes, and vans will continue to be due three years after their initial registration.


This decision, published today, comes as a response to the consultation launched in January 2023. The Government's steadfast approach aligns with the primary goal of balancing the cost to motorists, road safety, the progression in vehicle technology, and the challenges of vehicle emissions.

In a bid to future-proof MOT tests, the Government, through the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), is delving deeper into methods for more accurately monitoring diesel vehicle emissions. This includes a consideration of whether the current testing regime sufficiently ensures diesel vehicles meet stringent emissions standards.


The Automobile Association (AA) provided crucial analysis highlighting the economic benefits of annual MOT tests. According to their findings, regular checks could save motorists between £200 and £400 by identifying and addressing developing faults early, thereby preventing heftier repair bills down the line.


As vehicle technology, especially in the realm of Electric Vehicles (EVs), continues to advance at a rapid pace, the Department is committed to working alongside industry stakeholders and drivers. The objective is to establish a long-term reform for MOTs, ensuring they remain relevant and effective in a rapidly evolving automotive landscape.

Furthermore, the Government is exploring advancements in testing procedures, particularly for diesel particulate emissions. There's also a focus on improving MOTs for electric vehicles and considering the adaptation of MOT testing for larger zero-emissions vans, aligning them more closely with standard car-style testing.


Roads Minister Guy Opperman said: "We have listened to drivers and industry, and keeping MOTs in their current form shows once again that we are on the side of motorists.


“By offering clarity on MOT tests, alongside our recent street works consultation and unprecedented £8.3 billion to resurface roads, we are helping motorists drive with peace of mind and ensuring Britain’s roads continue to be some of the safest in the world.”


Neil Barlow, Head of Vehicle Policy at DVSA, said: "Ensuring the MOT remains fit for the future is a key part of DVSA’s work, and getting ready for new technology will help keep Britain's roads safe.“We hope this positive news will provide some certainty for garages to enable the investment in new technologies that’s could be needed to keep the MOT at the forefront of road safety and the environment."

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