Changes to the UK MOT test branded ‘UNSAFE’ and a ‘distraction’ by a leading expert

A LEADING car expert has branded proposed changes to Britain’s MOT tests as ‘unsafe’ and ‘distracting’.

The government are Consider extending the validity of annual checkups from 12 months to two years to lower the cost of living.

Boris Johnson is considering extending the validity of the MOT to two years


Boris Johnson is considering extending the validity of the MOT to two yearsPhoto credit: Jon Bond – The Sun
Car expert Duncan McClure Fisher said the move would make Britain's roads unsafe


Car expert Duncan McClure Fisher said the move would make Britain’s roads unsafePhoto credit: MotorEasy

But the bold step – led by the Minister of Transport Grant Shapps – has ruffled feathers in the car world.

Despite proposals to save Brits up to £55 a year, experts believe motorists will instead pay the price for safety.

They fear them TÜV test The extension will serve simply as a stopgap measure amid the cost of living crisis and is making Britain’s streets unsafe.

Duncan McClure Fisher, Founder and CEO of MotorEasysaid of the controversial plans: “This action by the government seems to me nothing more than a distraction from the core issue, namely the excessive tax.

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“What they should be addressing instead is that we need a fuel tax cut, as well as a cut in social security and VAT rates.

“By doubling the validity period of MOT certificates, our roads will just become unsafe just to save drivers £27 a year – half the cost of a standard MOT.”

And the concerned industry expert fears that without annual checks, the cost of all-round vehicle maintenance will increase.

He continued: “So many mistakes MOT Testers, now considered advisory, would become mandatory, knowing the vehicle would not be inspected for another two years.

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“This would result in drivers having larger bills that far outweigh the initial savings.”

The AA also echoed McClure Fisher’s concerns, warning that it would “make our roads more dangerous and jeopardize garage industry jobs.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering the proposal after talks with his cabinet on how to deal with the cost-of-living crisis without hitting government coffers.

However, previous research conducted by MotorEasy found that Brits could save around £2billion by ensuring they complete their MOT inspection with their annual vehicle service.

After analyzing around 5,000 TÜV and services monthly, they found that 80 percent of Mistake found in service procedures would be marked in the TÜV test anyway.

This means that the service unnecessarily doubles labor and labor costs.

Mr McClure Fisher added: “The problem is that even if you get faults fixed as a result of the service you still have to pay for the MOT as it is a legal requirement for all vehicles.

“So when you book both, you should always request the TÜV first, so that you don’t have to do as much service work.

“Although we know that not every single car needs to be repaired at every service or MOT, there is a good proportion of drivers who unnecessarily double their costs.

“By better planning and organizing your car’s maintenance schedule, these costs could be avoided.” Changes to the UK MOT test branded ‘UNSAFE’ and a ‘distraction’ by a leading expert

Fry Electronics Team

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