MOT Test frequency remains the same

Transport Secretary, Justine Greening, has unveiled measures to improve the MOT testing standards

In a recent review of MOT testing and frequency it was decided to leave the current annual MOT test as is but as a result of the views and opinions consulted on, it is clear that there needs to be tighter control on MOT test standards and quality.

Data from VOSA highlighted that more than 25% of vehicles tested in 2010-2011 had defects that were missed or incorrectly assessed by the MOT test centres and 1 in 8 vehicles were being incorrectly assessed. In particular, several initiatives have been put forward:

1. Release data from VOSA on MOT centre performance data

2. Gain insight from motorists of MOT test centre service levels, in a style similar to online review sites

3. Expand current industry standards to include the MOT test

4. Encourage motorists to look out for mileage on MOT certificates

5. Introduction of ‘under cover’ motorists to improve performance

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