Consultation outcome: Changes to the date of the first MOT test and research into other MOT enhancements

Department For Transport

January 25
09:30 2024

Date of the first MOT test: consultation response

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Detail of outcome

The Department for Transport consulted about amending the date of the first MOT for cars, vans and motorcycles from 3 to 4 years, as well as areas that could be considered for reform in the future.

Given the significant concerns about road safety that were raised, and that any potential savings made by motorists would be limited by the additional cost of potential defects not identified at the MOT, the government does not intend to proceed in changing the date of a vehicles first MOT.

There was support for an improved diesel emissions test and we will consider the results of a recent Driver Vehicle Standards Agency trial before deciding how to proceed. We have also identified 5 priority areas for future reform including electric vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems.

Detail of feedback received

We received more than 4,400 responses to the combined consultation and call for evidence about reforms to MOT testing.

Original consultation


Seeks views on whether we should change the timeframe for the first date a vehicle should be MOT tested and evidence and views on other changes to MOT testing.

This consultation ran from

Consultation description

We are seeking views on whether the first date for a MOT test should be changed.

We are keen to understand:

  • when people think the first date should be
  • how making a change to this date will affect businesses
  • whether we should introduce any other changes to MOT testing

We will use this evidence to inform updates to policy, guidance, best practice and other policy tools across government.


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