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Euro Car Parts speaks out in favour of 3-1-1

30 March 2017

Euro Car Parts has confirmed, this week, that it is in support of maintaining the current 3-1-1 MOT test. Joining industry voices such as the IAAF, Euro Car Parts has voiced concerns that road users’ safety will be compromised if the date of a car’s first MOT is extended to four years.


To draw public attention to the issue, Euro Car Parts has registered an official government petition to urge decision-makers to rethink the proposed changes to current MOT legislation. The company is asking workshops to sign the petition, or to respond to the government’s online consultation, to highlight the level of concern.


Official figures from 2015-2016* reveal that around 17% of cars fail their first MOT on their initial attempt, so extending a car’s first MOT to four years could result in an extra 411,958 unsafe cars on the roads and risk higher accident rates. The current three-year-for-first MOT system ensures vehicle defects are picked up and remedied quickly, to ensure the safety of all road users.


In 2016, technicians identified over 400,000 potentially fatal vehicle defects, including 24,628 suspension failures and 47,138 brake failures. In the same year, 92,938 fewer car accidents were recorded in the UK compared to the same 2005 statistics, a result that has been attributed to improved vehicle safety, a standard that is enforced by the current MOT standard.


Furthermore, 85,720 failures on cars taking their first MOT are due to tyres. Tyresafe, in partnership with Highways England, found that millions of motorists only replace tyres when required in order to pass the MOT. If the MOT deadline is extended by an additional year, this could mean 28,573 extra unsafe tyres on UK roads.


Martin Gray, CEO of Euro Car Parts said: “The MOT picks up safety critical problems and ensures defects are put right, so that the owner is driving a car that can protect them properly. The current MOT test is proven to improve road safety standards, so we should be looking to support a system that is working rather than change something that has shown good results in recent years.  


“While the impact of the proposed change on businesses like Euro Car Parts is minimal, the wider implications for the industry are significant. There are more than 29 million MOT tests carried out at 22,000 garages every year, so moving to a four-year MOT proposal represents a real threat to jobs. This is a concern not just for the aftermarket but for the broader UK economy.”


To sign the petition to keep the current first MOT test at three years, visit: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/190843


And, if you are able to spare the time to provide more detailed feedback, please respond to the government’s consultation, which closes on 16th April, 2017. The complete online survey can be found at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/H8EJR/.