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A vehicle's first MOT test to remain at 3 years.

19 January 2018

The Department for Transport (DfT) announced the result of their consultation to extend a vehicle's first MOT to 4 years. 

Most of those responding to the consultation were against the proposals on safety grounds, arguing that the savings to motorists were outweighed by the risk to road users and the test often highlights upcoming issues affecting the vehicle. A public survey for DfT by Populus also showed fewer than half of people were in favour of the change.

Roads Minister Jesse Norman said:

''We have some of the safest roads in the world, and are always looking at ways of making them safer.

Although modern cars are better built and safer than when the MOT test was last changed 50 years ago, there has been a clear public concern that any further changes don’t put people’s lives at risk.

We are looking at further research to ensure the MOT test evolves with the demands of modern motoring.''

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