The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) says that proposals to extend the MOT test from three years to four for newer vehicles are “fraught with danger.” With proposals to extend the frequency of MOTs currently at the consultation stage, the IAAF is highlighting the dangers involved and the risks that could threaten driver safety.
The government is promoting the move in a positive light, claiming motorists could save up to £100m a year, but the IAAF is arguing that this could lead to an increase in road accidents and fatalities as there will be no formal inspection of a vehicle’s road worthiness for a further 12 months.
By extending the test frequency, there will more non-roadworthy vehicles on the road for a further year with no official mileage or emissions recorded until after four years, the IAAF adds. The federation is working alongside other industry bodies to combat the unwelcome legislation and protect the safety of all road users and the future of the automotive aftermarket.
Opposition to the proposal has cross-federation support, with the Automotive Aftermarket Liaison Group (AALG) also arguing against the extension, warning that the change would be detrimental to drivers and has serious safety implications.
Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive, said: “The current test frequency is both safer and more cost effective for motorists. If these new proposals come into force we strongly anticipate an increase in defective vehicles on UK roads and all the statistics support this prediction.
“In recent years, the MOT testing frequency has been subject to much debate. The IAAF’s stance has always been that DVSA’s regulation of the MOT process and current testing frequency of 3:1:1 helps to make the UK’s roads the safest in Europe and we will fight any detrimental changes vigorously.”
Williamson recently appeared on Radio 4’s consumer affairs programme, ‘You and Yours’ to highlight the dangers surrounding the proposals to motorists. The episode is available now on BBC iPlayer Radio.