MOT extension described as “dangerous, expensive, damaging and unnecessary”
A petition has been launched by automotive trade bodies to stop the government’s plans to extend the period before a vehicle has its first MOT, in order to reduce preventable casualties and deaths caused by vehicle defects.
The petition warns that plans to extend the period before a vehicle has to have its first MOT from three years to four is “dangerous, expensive, damaging and unnecessary”.
It states: “The government has considered extending the period before a new vehicle needs its first MOT several times in recent years and abandoned plans every time after common-sense arguments from industry bodies and consumers alike.
Industry bodies backing the petition include the Independent Garage Association (IGA), the Garage Equipment Association (GEA), the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), the Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) and the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA).
UK Government will respond to the petition if it reaches 10,000 signatures, and if it reaches 100,000 signatures it will be considered for debate in Parliament.
The petition is running until 23 July 2023, however the consultation period for the Government’s proposals to change the MOT frequency ends on 1 March 2023.
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