MOT Exemption for New Cars to be Increased

The government has proposed that new cars be exempt from an MOT for 4 years. Thereafter they will require the normal 12 month MOT test. The current rules give a 3 year exemption, which shockingly has been in force since 1967. When you consider just how much cars have changed since 1967, it seems crazy that it has been at this level for so long. Many other European countries have already got a 4 year exemption so this would bring the UK into line with many other countries.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones has said “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.”. No one is going to disagree with that.

The earliest the new rules will come into effect is 2018 after a ‘public consultation’ which you can only imagine will be in favour of the changes.

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