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Following on from our determined lobbying efforts, the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), an association of the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI), welcomes the government’s decision to ‘put safety first’ and maintain the first MoT test at 3 years.
Government announced on 18 January 2017, that the first MoT test will remain at 3 years. Last year, the NFDA responded to the DfT consultation proposing to extend a vehicle’s first MOT test date from 3 years to 4 years. Currently, new vehicles are tested after 3 years and then on a yearly basis.
NFDA had previously highlighted the potentially devastating road safety implications which extending the date of the first MoT from three to four years might have had.
NFDA had also pointed out that a ‘three-year MOT may give the vehicle owner forewarning of upcoming expenditure’ and we are pleased to see that government has now acknowledged that ‘data relating to accidents involving mechanical failure would improve testing at year three’.
Government stated that further research into this issue will take place in the near future, when this happens, NFDA will be actively engaging with government and ensure that Great Britain’s testing system remains as strong and efficient as it is now.