Illegal tyres and brakes could go unnoticed if proposed MOT changes go ahead

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Concern is continuing to mount about Government proposals to change when cars first need an MOT test from three years to four.

Although the suggested change will save motorists money, because they can put off the test for an extra year, it could lead to more unroadworthy cars being on the roads.

According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), 20 per cent of three-year-old cars fail the test when they take it for the first time . This figure would double, if the test was delayed for a further year, claims the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL).

Motoring journalist James Foxall revealed in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday: “Three years ago, 2,036,101 new cars were sold. Even if we assume the lower fail rate, with the MOT one-year extension in place, this year there would be at least 407,220 cars on the road that were legal yet unroadworthy if they were tested.”

Unfortunately, unsafe and dangerous tyres would be at risk of not being identified if the MOT was pushed back a year. Many motorists are only made aware that their tyres are illegal when they fail their MOT.

Stuart James, director of the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) told the Daily Telegraph: “Using the DfT’s figures, if the MOT was to change we would be increasing the number of deaths by 35 a year, which averages at about three people a month. And that’s without mentioning injuries. Even an average-mileage car is significantly more likely to be driving on unsafe and worn tyres and brakes after four years compared with three.

“Obviously cars have become a lot more reliable, but the sate of our roads has got a lot worse, so having an automotive professional checking a car regularly is vital.”

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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