23 January 2023 | David Young
Hayley Pells, policy manager at the Institute of the Motor Industry, the automotive sector's professional body, responds to the Government's Public Consultation opened today (18th January 2023) on the future of MOTs in Great Britain
The stated goal of the Consultation is to ensure MOTs remain fit for the future. This includes seeking views on proposals to change the date at which the first MOT for new light vehicles is required as well as widening the scope to encompass new automotive technologies such as autonomous systems.
"The advances seen in automotive technology and systems, for improved performance and safety as well as reduced environmental impact, mean the current MOT model is well overdue for review and the IMI welcomes the announcement of this Public Consultation today. Although never a substitute for the recommended maintenance and repairs that motorists are responsible for to maintain roadworthiness, the current MOT test could be improved and new methods explored that better fit the current car parc, and the automotive technology of the future.
"For example, autonomous emergency braking is now more widely adopted, and it is critical that motorists have the confidence that these systems are working correctly.
"The question of MOT testing frequency is also part of the consultation; an important issue that has dominated conversation about testing for some time. What is important to ensure is that a focus on cost-saving does not put road users at heightened risk.
"The IMI will be actively engaging with its members who represent the highest standards of skills, and presenting these findings along with considered opinion of the impact of change within the sector."
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