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4-2-2 Testing: Have Your Say Before It’s Too Late!

The DVSA’s consultation on changes to the MOT Test is currently open to responses from the trade and private individuals.

The results of the consultation could lead to irrevocable changes to the MOT with far-reaching consequences impacting road safety, the environment and the livelihoods of those in the industry from MOT stations to service & repair workshops and vehicle manufacturers. 

With arguably the potential for the biggest shake up to the MOT since it was introduced in the 1960s, it is important that the DVSA hears from as many concerned parties as possible before the consultation deadline at midnight on Tuesday 28th February 2023.
UPDATE: The deadline has been extended to Wednesday 22nd March 2023.

For those wanting to consider their response fully before replying it is possible to review the full list of questions in advance.

Don’t miss the chance to have your say – REPLY to the CONSULTATION HERE

How is the MOT Consultation Structured?

The survey is broken down into two sections. The first high-level section only takes around 5 minutes to complete. The second section goes into more depth and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. It is up to each individual or business to decide the extent to which they wish to respond.

It's possible to save your replies at any point during the survey and continue at another time, just make sure you’ve entered a valid email address at the beginning to receive a link to your saved content. At the end of the survey, it is also possible to save or print your response.

What Changes to the MOT are Being Considered?

The big one is obviously the much-publicised proposal to move from a 3-1-1 MOT Testing schedule to a 4-2-2 model. This has been discussed in the past but currently has government momentum behind it hence the consultation.

However, the scope of the survey goes beyond just the timings of the MOT with many other items in focus that will be of interest to the industry such as:

  • Particulate Number (PN) testing for diesel vehicles
  • Content of the MOT Test
  • Potential improvements to the MOT Test
  • Training & Assessment
  • DVSA Enforcement
  • MOT Testing Fees
  • Longer term considerations such as changes required due to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) & Self Driving Vehicles

What Happens Next?

A summary of responses, including the next steps, will be published within 3 months of the consultation closing date.

In the meantime, any questions about the consultation can be sent to: [email protected]

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