A new government proposal that would require a vehicle’s first MOT to take place after four years instead of the current three shouldn’t apply to large vans, according to one motoring organisation.
The Department for Transport’s new regulations would extend the time between a new vehicle being bought and needing its first MOT, but the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) says that shouldn’t apply to class seven vans (those weighing 3,000 to 3,500kg).
Gerry Kearney, BVRLA chief executive, said: “At a time when the government’s own data shows large vans have appalling first-time pass rates, the BVRLA believes these vehicles should be getting tested every year, not every three or four years.
“Many large vans fail their first MOT because they have not been well maintained and have substandard brakes, so they pose a real risk to road safety.”
The plans were unveiled in January, with the government saying it was consulting on rule changes that would bring it in line with other European countries such as France, Ireland and Italy.
Vehicles would not need an MOT until four years after first being registered and would revert to the traditional annual test after that.
Speaking at the proposal’s announcement, transport minister Andrew Jones said: “We have some of the safest roads in the world and MOT tests play an important role in ensuring the standard of vehicles on our roads.
“New vehicles are much safer than they were 50 years ago and so it is only right we bring the MOT test up to date to help save motorists money where we can.”