Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS) has thrown its weight behind a cross-industry campaign to encourage a government rethink on proposed changes to current MOT legislation. It is also calling on all involved in the tyre industry to make their voices heard via an official petition.
MTS, the UK’s second largest distributor of tyres, is backing the ProMOTe campaign, which has been re-established in response to the government’s plan to extend the time allowed before the first MOT of a car or motorcycle’s life from three years to four.
The wholesaler is also appealing to all involved with the tyre trade who are opposed to the proposals to register their concern via the official petition . The petition was registered by Euro Car Parts, in collaboration with the IAAF, and aims to gather enough signatures to trigger an official government response.
Micheldever Group chief executive, Duncan Wilkes, comments: “It’s incredibly frustrating that once again we find ourselves having to devote time and energy to set straight an ill-founded proposal to change the MOT regime. MOT legislation has been twice reviewed in the last decade with each concluding that the current system remains as valid today as it was when established in 1960. That, just four years on from the last comprehensive review, a further consultation has been instigated is baffling.
“The facts remain as before: the MOT is a necessary and affordable safety check that plays a vital role in keeping our roads amongst the safest in the world, and extending the grace period to four years will have detrimental effect. One in five cars fails its first MOT, and the figure for vans is steeper still. With around 2.5 million new cars sold each year, that equates to some 500,000 cars that could be in use around with unidentified and dangerous faults.
“Cars may be becoming safer and more reliable, however consumable items that are vital to a vehicles performance and safety - especially tyres - are still subject to wear and tear. Indeed, DVSA data tells us that one in twenty cars fails their first MOT test due to tyre defects. Couple this with the findings of the recent study undertaken by TyreSafe and Highways England, that showed how millions of motorists do not check or maintain their tyres and only replace them in order to pass an MOT, it is not an exaggeration to say that to remove this timely safety check is to effectively allow dangerous vehicles to remain in use without intervention for a further 12 months.
“It is critical that this proposal is challenged and I urge everyone involved in the automotive aftermarket to do their bit and sign the petition. MTS is working behind the scenes with colleagues from across the industry to challenge those in influence, and will be submitting a written response to the consultation, but a well-responded petition will bolster our efforts considerably.”
The ProMOTe campaign has been established in response to the Government’s plan to consider reducing the frequency of MOT tests. ProMOTe is a broad-based coalition representing road safety groups, motoring organisations and industry bodies all opposed to what are dangerous, expensive and unwanted plans.
To sign the petition to keep the current first MOT test at three years, visit: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/190843
To view the consultation in full, and to submit a written response, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/603569/extending-the-period-of-the-first-MOT-from-3-to-4-years.pdf