DFT / DVSA MOT of the future

Feb 3, 2023

The anticipated and much-discussed government consultation on the future of the MOT was officially released to the public last month.


The MOT test was first introduced to assure the safety of a vehicle & the 3 year threshold for the first MOT test was announced in the late 1960’s. Since the MOT was introduced, and especially in recent years, there have been major advances in vehicle technology.

The consultation examines whether changes need to be made to ensure the system for assuring vehicles are roadworthy remains fit for purpose. It does not only look at the testing frequency (as first raised last year by Grant Shapps in the houses of commons as a cost-saving initiative) but looks at the bigger picture of what the MOT needs to do for the future.  It also considers changing technologies in vehicles and potently more autonomous vehicles on the road, what modern MOT test stations need to look like, what equipment will be needed, and what staff/qualifications will be necessary.

Below is the link to the government website for the full consultation, which ends in approx. 4 weeks :-

Changes to the date of the first MOT test and research into other MOT enhancements – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)