By Denna Bowman
Tyresafe, the UK’s leading tyres safety group, is the latest motoring organisation to raise objections to the Government’s proposed plans to change the frequency of the MOT test
Rather than the current 3-1-1 systems (first test at three years, then annually thereafter), the Department for Transport is considering delaying the first test until the vehicle is four years old with the second inspection coming after another two years with subsequent tests at two year intervals (4-2-2) or single year intervals (4-2-1).
According to the group, in 2009/10 around 2.3 million MOT tests were failed where ‘condition of tyres’ was one of the reasons for referral; 1.6 million of these were because owners had let their tread depths fall below the legal minimum of 1.6mm.
TyreSafe commented: “Tyres are safety critical items which constantly wear so it is imperative that they are regularly inspected and properly maintained. As many motorists rely on their annual MOT for the inspection of their tyres, any extension or lengthening of the MOT frequency is likely to have a significant detrimental effect upon driver and road safety.
“For these reasons, TyreSafe does not support any extension to the frequency of the MOT test.”