24 May 2022

Could two-year MoTs be on their way?

By Road Runner

Not too long ago, discussions of extending the annual MoT certificate from 12 to 24 months were scrapped by the Government amid concerns for road safety. Now, they appear to be back.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is reportedly re-considering the plans after holding a meeting to discuss the ongoing cost of living crisis. But would you feel comfortable letting your customers drive away in a vehicle knowing you may not see it again for a couple of years? Let’s face it, an awful lot can change in 24 months.

We’re not surprised that the move has prompted a backlash from motoring groups, and AA polling has also shown overwhelming support to stick at 12 months.

Head of roads policy at the AA, Jack Cousens, has said: “Though well intended, moving the yearly £55 spend on an MoT to every two years could make costs worse for drivers with higher repair bills, make our roads more dangerous and would put jobs in the garage industry at risk. Rather than fiddling at the edges, drivers would rather see pump price transparency to revive competition on the forecourts or expanding Park & Ride schemes so drivers can avoid higher inner-city driving costs.”

Working in the motor trade has been challenging enough over the past 24 months, so enforcing a rule that will change customer’s habits and trends will surely be another blow for you traders. For example, if your customers will only need to get their cars MoT tested every couple of years, will they stick to annual servicing? Or will one of those ‘it can wait’ jobs have to wait even longer?

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