Some time ago, we reported on goverment proposals to amend the MOT cycle, with four years being the first test. It has been subsequently announced that the current test at three years will stand. GEM Motoring Assist Road Safety Officer Neil Worth had the following to state after the announcement was made:
“We were very concerned that extending the time before a new car’s first MOT to four years would present a big threat to road safety. GEM welcomes the government decision to keep the first MOT at three years. We understand that hard-pressed motorists are always looking for ways to save money, but if this involves compromising safety then it would be false economy indeed.”
The MOT was introduced in 1960, requiring vehicles to go through a first check after 10 years. It was reduced in 1967 to three years.