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Open consultation on MOT and vehicle testing (UK)

The Department for Transport and Driver and Vechicle Standards Agency has published on 22th January 2017 an Open consultation on MOT and vehicle testing. The Consultation is seeking views on extending the date of the first MOT from 3 to 4 years.


This consultation seeks views about changing the date of the first “MOT” (Ministry of Transport) test in Great Britain for cars, motorcycles and vans from when they are three years old to four years. The content of the tests would not be changed by these proposals. There are no changes being consulted on about cars, vans and motorcycles aged four years or more, with most of these vehicles needing an annual MOT test.

Although many rules related to MOT testing apply to the UK through its current membership of the European Union (EU), the changes being consulted about in this document will not be affected by the UK’s exit from the EU.

This consultation document is seeking views on whether the timing of the first MOT test should be extended from three to four years after first registration.

The options in the consultation look at making no change from the current position; extending the MOT deadline to four years for all vehicles currently receiving a first test three years after first registration; and extending the MOT deadline to four years while retaining the three year requirement for small goods carrying vehicles.

The consultation will run until 16 April 2017.


If you wish to respond electronically, send an email at: MOT411consultation@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Or complete the online survey which can be found at: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/H8EJR/

If you wish to respond in writing,address your response to:

Paul Wainwright

Freight, Operator Licensing and Roadworthiness Division

3/28 Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR



Open consultation on MOT and vehicle testing – Extending first MOT date to 4 years, published on the Government.

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