THE MOT DATE FOR NEW VEHICLES COULD BE EXTENDING
STATE FOR TRANSPORT IN CONSULTATION
Owners of new motorcycles could have their first MOTs put off for an extra year if government propositions go ahead.
Currently, all vehicles need their first MOT after three years, then yearly after that. It's been this way since 1967, seven years after the introduction of the MOT test. But today's technology means that machines are often benefiting from improved manufacturing methods. Better materials are being used, which make the vehicles more resilient. Considering this, three years may no longer be necessary.
Extending the initial MOT to four years could save motorists £109 million collectively. This would also bring it in line with Northern Ireland and many other European countries.
Whether the proposal goes ahead or not, the content of MOTs will not be changed. Nor will it affect vehicles which have already had their first MOT.
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Andrew Jones, has a consultation open on the matter until 16th April.
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