EXPERTS behind Steel Seal – the quick-fix solution for a blown head-gasket – have called for a fundamental review of MOT tests.
The company is calling on the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to replace the annual inspection with a mileage-related test based on a vehicle’s wear and tear.
The call follows the announcement last week that on March 20 VOSA is introducing a number of changes to the MOT to include more examinations of all vehicle types. The changes are to comply with new European requirements on roadworthiness and include additional checks on brakes, steering, suspension and lighting.
Notwithstanding these changes the MOT test – mandatory for all vehicles in the UK over three years old – is, according to Steel Seal Sales Manager Graham Hollis, still outdated and flawed.
“It is almost absurd to think that a test of roadworthiness should be based on time rather than mileage,” he said.
“Two identical cars could leave the showroom on the same day but within the first three years they could have vastly different experiences in terms of deterioration of brakes, tyres, electrics and many other components.
“The average annual UK mileage is about 12,000, but one car could end up doing a couple of thousand and the other 50,000 miles, yet both would have to wait three years for an MOT test.
“No doubt many drivers would think that because new vehicles are under warranty it makes them automatically safe or immune from breakdown, but this simply isn’t true.”
Graham Hollis claims the first MOT test after a period of three years, while not always appropriate for a vehicle with very low mileage, could be allowing a potentially dangerous vehicle with extremely high mileage and a high risk of wear, to be legally driven on the UK’s roads.
He adds that older vehicles, which are subject to yearly MOT tests, should be subjected to the same mileage-based review.
“Again, it’s almost ludicrous to think that time has the most impact on a vehicle when really it is usage and, therefore, mileage which should be the trigger-point for a test. Indeed most vehicle manufacturers specify both time and mileage for their service intervals ie 10,000 miles or 12 months whichever comes soonest, so why therefore should this not apply to MOT's?
“Whilst the new measures are a welcome addition in terms of ensuring safety, I would like to see VOSA and the government take a serious look at this issue. After all, it is just common sense and could cut the risk of breakdowns and accidents on our extremely busy network of roads”, he said.
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