Proposed MOT changes could lead to more road deaths, says consumer group

By Ryan Hirons

Proposed changes to MOT testing could lead to more road deaths, according to a motoring consumer group.

Consumer advice website has hit out at government plans to extend the time for a new car’s first MOT from three years to four.

The group recently published a report following a Freedom of Information (FoI) request, which asked for data on cars taking their first MOT test in 2016.

It revealed that one in six vehicles were failed — which says would have resulted in 385,000 dangerous cars on UK roads for a further year if the new proposal was in place.

The most common offender was the Peugeot 5008, which had a 23 per cent first-test failure rate. In contrast, the car with the highest pass rate was the Lexus RX 450h, with 94 per cent deemed roadworthy.

Daniel Powell, managing editor of, said: “The government’s proposal to extend the first MOT from three to four years will effectively give irresponsible motorists a free pass to drive dangerous cars for an additional 12 months, without any mandatory safety checks.”

In response, a Department for Transport spokesperson 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.


“With modern vehicles and new technology, it is only right we consider if we can change MOT test to help save motorists money where we can.

“We consulted on whether to move the first test for new vehicles to four years.

“We are considering responses carefully and no decisions have been taken.”

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