As the Government considers changing the MOT test system from an annual one to once every two years, fears have begun to arise that doing so may lead to an increase in car accident claims.
According to the Government proposals regarding MOT tests, cars less than ten years old would only need to be tested every other year. However cars more than a decade old would persist in needing an annual test.
Brand new vehicles would also see a larger gap between MOT tests, up from three years to four. While already hard-pressed motorists would benefit from a potential cost savings, motoring groups have expressed fears that instituting the change could lead to a marked increase to RTAs.
A Government-commissioned study even seems to give credence to this concern, as the Transport Research Laboratory recently released figures that three per cent of road accident claims may be attributable in part to vehicle defects. Switching to an MOT test once every two years could result in fifty five more fatal accidents on UK roads every year, say concerned motoring organisations.
The proposed changes could also have a deleterious effect on the economy, fear garage owners. As the number of vehicles needing repairs decline, job losses may be an inevitability, garage owners caution.
Approximately 23 million tests are currently carried out every year at MOT testing centres across the country. For every hundred vehicles tested, an average of thirty five do not pass their MOT test, according to official figures.
Despite the figures from industry experts pointing to the changes having a negative effect, it is unknown at this time whether the Government will revise its plan to institute the changes to its MOT testing scheme.