Base first MOT on mileage, public says
In research conducted by Allianz, 82% of 1,000 motorists surveyed say that they would like the current MOT system to be overhauled; basing the first MOT not on age, but miles driven. Due to cars which undergo extensive usage are at much more risk than those that are driven less miles.
This has also stemmed from a recently ended government consultation that suggested for the first MOT to be extended to four years, rather than three. This has been met with staunch opposition from the industry and many motorists, citing the dangers that the extension could cause to the average motorist – the same research by Allianz found that 51% of motorists rejected the idea.
It is alleged that the proposed extension of the first MOT period could have saved British motorists a collective £100m, but safety concerns have still swayed the public to oppose it. The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) have suggested that should this proposal be put into place, there would be 40,000 more unroadworthy vehicles on our road which was enough of a statistic to sway 83% of those surveyed away from the potential £45 savings.
Although the increased levels of technology in newer cars such as tyre pressure monitors, lane departure warnings and wet weather performance monitors are making them fundamentally safer than ever before – it has been said that they do not mitigate the need for regular ‘wear and tear’ checks on tyres and brakes. This is the crux of the reason why the additional 12 months is said to be dangerous.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have identified faults that could possibly occur in the first three years of a new car’s use – all of which could cause serious consequences if not attended to. Lights, indicators, tyres and gears are the four most common problem areas that can occur in a 36 year old car, and they’re what most likely will cause a car of that age to fail its MOT.
Even more shockingly, TyreSafe found that 27% of tyres checked were below the 1.6mm legal minimum and a further 70% were likely to last more than a year before reaching it. Unsafe or unfit tyres can easily lead to blowouts, bald spots and a lack of control and grip on slick roads.