The government has this morning announced that the first MoT test on cars and motorcycles won’t be extended to 4 years due to safety concerns.

“We are delighted to announce that after continued pressure from ourselves, the SMMT, IAAF and other industry bodies, the government has today announced that the date for a car’s first MoT will remain at three years. This is great news, both for the consumer and the independent repairer community.

“We applaud the Minister’s decision to put road safety first. As we highlighted in our consultation to the government around 17% of cars fail their first MoT on their initial attempt, so extending a car’s first MoT to four years could have resulted in an extra 410,000 unsafe cars on the roads and risk higher accident rates. The three-year-for-first MoT system ensures vehicle defects are picked up and remedied quickly, to ensure the safety of all road users.

“We’d like to thank all those in the industry petitioned the government. It is our belief, and that of the wider sector, that road users’ safety will be maintained as a result of this decision.”

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