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Trade bodies up in arms about MOT briefing paper

IGA 25/07/2018

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) and National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) strongly oppose today’s report from The Adam Smith Institute recommending the abolishment of the MOT test.

Stuart James, IGA Director comments: “The fact that the UK has one of the best road safety records in the developed world is testament to the quality of the MOT test.

“The report states that the average repair cost to get a car through its MOT is £143. This clearly indicates that a large number of vehicles are unroadworthy. Every fatality is one too many, and for an average price of £33, the peace of mind that this brings can only be perceived as outstanding value for money.”

Sue Robinson, NFDA Director, said: “Without an MOT, customers would be likely to incur additional expenses due to the damage caused by unresolved basic wear and tear issues affecting items including light bulbs, brake pads, tyres, wiper blades, steering and emissions which need to be constantly checked and can easily escalate into more severe problems.

“In January, the government acknowledged that ‘data relating to accidents involving mechanical failure would improve testing at year three’ instead of four and we believe abolishing the MOT test could have potentially devastating road safety implications.”

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Notes to editors:

 Stuart James, IGA Director, is available to interview.

The Independent Garage Association is the largest and most prominent trade body in the independent garage sector, representing the industry in legislative and regulatory matters arising in UK and EU Government, as well as offering advice, information and services to members which ensure that the independent service and repair sector can thrive.

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) represents franchised car and commercial vehicle dealers in the UK.

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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.