Today, 25 January 2024, the Government announced that the first MOT test will remain at 3 years from registration and annually thereafter while government works to establish a programme of longer-term reform for MOTs. It follows a consultation launched last year which proposed to increase the initial testing period for an MOT from 3 years to 4 years. NFDA submitted its response to the consultation in which it strongly opposed the Government’s proposed changes citing our members who were concerned on the impact on motorists’ safety if the proposed MOT changes were to go ahead. The announcement represents an extremely positive development for NFDA and its members.

Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents car and commercial retailers across the UK commented:

“We are pleased that the Government has heeded the points outlined in NFDA’s consultation response and has made the decision today to maintain the first MOT test at three years rather than increase it to four, as was proposed.

“This announcement is extremely positive for our members and consumers. In the consultation, NFDA largely expressed our concerns for motorists’ safety and stressed the importance of vehicle safety and maintaining the UK’s leading safety record in roads.

“NFDA will continue to work closely with the Government as it seeks to establish a programme of longer-term reform for MOTs and looks to explore modernising the test for electric vehicles.”