Annual MOTs to Be Scrapped, Motorists Face Increased Bills

The new plans to be made by the Government could result in the cost to the UK being almost 1.5 billion if the plans go ahead.

Government claims that reducing annual MOTs could reduce the financial burden on motorists. However, a recent report by Pro-MOTe-“A cost too far” – reveals research that estimates the average motorist could face hefty bills and be worse off if annual MOT tests are to be scrapped.

The latest research compares costs of the existing 3-1-1 MOT system (where cars over three years are tested every year) with the 4-2-2 system more commonly used elsewhere
in Europe (where cars over four years old are tested every two years).

It estimates that under 4-2-2, the average motorist would incur annual SAVINGS of £24.44 a year made up of:

  • £20 a year saved in MOT fees
  • £3.30 a year saved personal time
  • £1.14 a year saved in fuel costs as a result of fewer visits to a MOT station
  • But the average motorist would incur annual increases of £81.81 under 4-2-3 made up of:
  • £30.59 in additional repair costs
  • £46.05  in additional premium costs
  • £5.17  in additional fuel costs of £5.17

The research that was carried out using data from the DfT and the Treasury, and motor industry sources. Pro-MOTe is supported by the RAC, AA, road safety campaigners, industry groups and insurance companies to campaign against plans to reduce MOT frequency.

Bill Duffy, Pro-MOTe co-ordinator said:

“This research shows that scrapping annual MOT testing would not only be dangerous but prove very expensive too, to both drivers and taxpayers alike.

“The Government has suggested that reducing the number of safety tests would reduce the financial burden on motorists. Yet the truth is exactly the opposite. Moving to two-yearly tests would mean extra repair costs, extra insurance premiums and extra fuel costs for already hard-pressed motorists.

“And the cost to the UK economy in lost jobs and higher costs arising from the additional accidents that we would see due to less frequent testing would be significant.

“Reducing the frequency of MOTs is a cost to far. It is time for the Government to scrap this dangerous, expensive, unwanted plan.”

Despite the increased costs motorists face, the plans to scrap frequent MOT tests will also increase the number of road traffic accidents and potential increase the amount
of enquiries made by road users looking to pursue a personal injury claim.