First MOT

A new government plan aims to extend the time before you need your first MOT from three years to four years. A move that could collectively see drivers saving upwards of £100m per year!

Previously, people who ordered a new car would need to get their first MOT after three years, but now that would be extended by a year so that they wouldn’t need to get the MOT until after four years. The reasoning for the change comes after improvements in technology meaning that cars are safer for longer, but concerns are rising that this could result with more defective cars on the road.

If the change does come in to effect – expected to be put in place for 2018 – it would mean that most consumers who opt to lease a car will never have to pay for an MOT (full disclosure: Stable Vehicle Contracts offers 2 / 3 / 4 year contracts).

First MOT

The Department for Transportation is currently undergoing a series of public consultations that will decide whether they will aim to implement the change. The public, however, are likely to welcome the change as it will save consumers, on average, £45. That’s a collective £100 million.

“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.”

ANDREW JONES – TRANSPORT MINISTER

It’s possible that the government will add a section to the driving test to emphasise the importance of making sure that your car is road worthy. Only recently, suggestions were made to have training drivers do a section of the lessons on a motorway.

There are two sides to this story - drivers will be happy that they would save money with the change, but it's unclear whether road safety will be negatively impacted as a result.