MOT: Thousands Of Dangerous Cars Pass Inspection
Thousands of vehicles wrongly pass or fail inspection.
Thousands Of Vehicles Wrongly Pass MOT
Tens of thousands of potential dangerous cars are on the road having wrongly passed the MOT, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency confirmed (DVSA). During 2014, eighteen percent passed despite having faults worthy of failure. These imperfections were subsequently noted by agency inspectors that ensure test centres work to standard. In contrast, eleven percent of roadworthy vehicles failed the MOT thanks to mistakes or unscrupulous mechanics trying to increase their revenue. On this basis, fifteen percent wrongly passed/failed which was two percent more than 2013.
The Driver Vehicle Standards Agency took disciplinary action against more than fifteen percent of the garages at fault. A spokesperson explained that it: “Continues to take the quality of MoT testing seriously”; and “garages who fail to meet the required standard risk having their licence to carry out MoT testing withdrawn.”
Age Cars Need First MOT Could Rise To Four Years
The government is considering raising the age cars need an MOT to four years, rather than three. The justification is that modern vehicles are more robust than their predecessors, and the initiative could save motorists a total of one-hundred million pounds per-annum by scrapping the three year charge. A government spokesperson said it: “Will explore the options for requiring motorists with new cars to undergo the first MoT after four years rather than three as part of the forthcoming Motoring Services Strategy.” However, critics claim the plan could jeopardise safety.
Bridgestone Managing Director, Robin Shaw, said: “Our roads would be more dangerous than ever if the changes are made. The government claims motorists will save money as modern cars don’t need (to be) tested as often. The worry is that within the twelve month extension, motorists will be driving around with defects that are more costly to repair and significantly more dangerous as a result.”
Warranty Direct Managing Director, David Gerrans, added: “Three years of age is generally a landmark age for a car. In most cases, it stops being covered by the manufacturer’s warranty and things start going wrong and wearing out. Whilst adding another year before an MOT is due is a nod to manufacturer build quality, it could be viewed as detrimental to road safety as the average driver will need to replace tyres and brakes before the four year mark”. He concluded that extending the deadline: “Will only encourage motorists to postpone necessary maintenance work for anything up to an extra year - potentially putting the driver and other motorists at risk.”