Better-built cars means MoT testing could be delayed The Department for Transport is considering a change in the laws governing MoT tests. At present, your car needs testing once it is three years old and yearly from then on. But that system has been in place for over 30 years without a major change, although the test has grown tougher over time.

Now the DfT is planning to delay the first test until the car is four years old and then insist that re-tests happen every two years. But so far the Department hasn’t made its intentions clear.

The Retail Motor Industry Federation, an industry organisation which represents garage owners, says the move could force many smaller garages that offer tests to close because they would lose so much work. As it is, the uncertainty the plans cause means many garages are willing to invest in new testing equipment until they know what the future holds.

If the DfT moves to two-yearly MoT testing, it’s likely that the fee for the work will jump from the current £50. But it is also possible that the present price controls on the fee will be removed, so that garages can charge as little – or as much – as they think customers will pay.

Stephen Jury


May 13, 2008

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