Matt Kimberley profile picture Matt Kimberley a year ago 22
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Your Car's First MOT Test Won't Be Delayed By A Year After All

The British MOT test, which is a formal safety test for cars that reach three years old, won't be delayed by a year after safety concerns were raised

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Your Car's First MOT Test Won't Be Delayed By A Year After All - News

The British public and motoring organisations have shit down an attempt to delay all cars’ first MOT test to the four-year mark.

The government had suggested it and opened a public consultation, saying that it could have saved the collective motorist £100 million per year, but everyone else decided that seeing as so many cars fail what is effectively their first official safety test anyway, leaving it an extra year is asking for trouble.

Your Car's First MOT Test Won't Be Delayed By A Year After All - News

Current figures suggest 2.4 million cars take their first Ministry of Transport test every year, with around 37 per cent of cars failing at the first attempt between 2015 and 2016. French cars dominate the list of cars most likely to fail first-time, with the Renault Kangoo, Citroen Berlingo Multispace and Citroen C4 the worst-performing three cars in a possibly slightly outdated Telegraph report.

The most common reasons for failures are tyre tread depth, brake pad thickness and light-related faults. We’re fairly sure that, left for another 12 months, a lot of people still wouldn’t have fixed these simple safety issues – not until they were forced to by an actual failure, anyway, which could easily involve a big crash.

We think this is the right move, but what about you guys?

Sources: Autocar, What Car?, UK Government