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New Survey: Consultation on MOT Renewals Since Tax Changes

New Survey: Consultation on MOT Renewals Since Tax Changes

29 April 2016

The RMI has united with the Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) to assess the impact of the Government’s latest changes to road tax on the annual MOT test.

Both organisations have concerns that following the removal of the paper tax disk and the introduction of monthly direct debits to pay road tax, motorists are unintentionally becoming law breakers by forgetting to MOT their cars. Although a road tax reminder is sent to those who pay annually, often acting as a reminder that the car is probably due for an MOT, no such reminders are sent to those who pay monthly. Whilst this is clearly a benefit in keeping your car taxed – and the exchequer’s coffers topped up – it may have new and far more serious consequences.

Motorists driving without an MOT can be fined up to £1,000, but much more importantly if a car hasn’t been examined it could be a danger on the road to its driver and passengers, as well as other road users and pedestrians. Research in 2013 revealed that a third of motorists have admitted to driving a car without a valid MOT test. The RMI and SMTA believe that this figure is likely to have risen due to the road tax changes.

The new survey will unearth whether the industry has seen a rise in the number of people that have forgotten to MOT their car. If the findings match current concerns, the RMI and SMTA will lobby the Government on the grounds of road safety.

The RMI and SMTA recently attended a meeting with Drew Hendry MP, Scottish National Party (SNP) Transport spokesperson in the House of Commons. Mr Hendry was very interested in the points made and further agreed to meet again to review the outcome of this survey, with a view to supporting the industry argument and taking it forward for debate with the UK Government.

The survey consists of 1 question and is completely anonymous.

Please click here to take the survey here.