More MOT Changes on the way?

Posted on February 20th, 2019 by Rob Marshall

More MOT Changes on the way?

The MOT Test experienced fairly seismic changes last May, the dust from which has just about settled. Understandably, the vital annual safety inspection must continue to evolve but it is being seen as the best means for hoovering-up intrinsic safety defects that are present on a worryingly large number of cars on our roads.

Addressing missed recalls

Whether it is down to increased technology within modern motorcars, or manufacturers being under greater legal obligations, or both, almost 2.4 million British vehicles have outstanding safety recalls. This equates to one car out of every thirteen on our roads having some kind of potential safety defect, ranging from airbag issues, to an unprompted engine stall problem that could increase the risk of a collision.

Both government agencies, the DVSA and the DfT, are working together to see if the MOT can be used to reduce the figure. To an extent, this has happened already, because the online MOT checker tool can advise (not always accurately, it has to be said) whether, or not, there are any outstanding safety recalls on a particular car. You can check this, by entering your registration number.

Head of MOT Policy at the DVSA, Neil Barlow, told the motoring press that it makes logical sense for the MOT to be aligned with the safety recalls system. This makes sense, because there is no legal obligation for owners to attend to have the remedial work done, even at zero cost. Therefore the threat of an MOT Test failure may be a very positive prompt.

Yet, should a car with an outstanding recall fail the MOT at an independent test station, it would almost certainly have to be transported and not driven to a main dealer for the rectification work to be carried-out. While the recall work would be free, it is likely that the vehicle owner would have to pay for the car to be transported (potentially, with its wheels off the ground) to the nearest main dealership, if tested elsewhere. This may be why a year’s grace is being considered for owners, who can be warned at MOT Test time that the vehicle will fail a subsequent test, if the work is not carried-out within the next twelve months.
We will update you as soon as any formal announcements are made.