Biennial MOT tests

Associate
Joined
31 Aug 2021
Posts
594
Location
Suffolk
Biennial MOT tests.

Last week this ridiculous suggestion reared it's ugly head again, and I'm 100% certain it won't be implimented, just like the many times it's been suggested before.


From my own point of view, I've been a tester for longer than I care to remember and absolutely nothing shocks me anymore with the state of some of the cars I test.
For example, these are some pics from cars I tested today..

3CFNSU4.jpg

J1XEatS.jpg


Fairly obvious the problems above.

VpKPz5O.jpg


CV boot not secure, and it's been like that for a while.
You really don't want to lose all the grease from that.

QTdfNxh.jpg


Steering rack gaitor completely split and welcoming in road grime and god knows what else.

STg3lwb.jpg


Lower suspension arm bush almost completely seperated from the arm, and the other side was the same.
Also one of the bottom ball joints had excessive play, as well as both CV boots on the O/S being split and spewing grease, and rear pads about to go metal to metal.

Now bear in mind, that was just me testing 8 cars today.

Some (but not all) people think a fresh MOT is a clean bill of health for 12 months and ignore any advisories and just carry on driving.
It's not hard to imagine the sheer amount of unroadworthy cars sharing the same road space as the rest of us, and it's suggested that we only test every 24 months!

Is saving £54.85 due to the cost of living crisis really worth it?
 
Last edited:
Soldato
Joined
18 Oct 2012
Posts
8,267
ahh the government.

"we're worried about the cost of living and its effect on driving, lets propose the one change that will have minimal impact on the cost of motoring whilst simultaneously increasing the risk of vehicles being maintained in a dangerous condition"

"but sir, we could reduce VED, or fuel duty"

"you're fired"
 
Soldato
Joined
8 Nov 2006
Posts
21,677
Location
London
Should be time and mileage based imo. That way people who don't drive much don't have to get annual MOTs.

Every 2 years or 10k miles. With a minimum time of 12 months.
 
Caporegime
Joined
20 Oct 2002
Posts
25,597
Location
Oxon
Should be time and mileage based imo. That way people who don't drive much don't have to get annual MOTs.

I disagree

car needs a yearly MOT. even if its driven 10 miles a month, things corrode and splits will form, also rats etc
 
Soldato
Joined
5 Oct 2009
Posts
12,140
Location
Spalding, Lincs
I've been a tester for many years too and totally agree. It's absolutely obsurd to be thinking about making it bi-annual, if someone can't afford to keep their car road legal then this is not the fix for that problem. I've seen my fair share of damn right dangerous cars in for MOT, some of those are even at their first MOT at 3 years old.
 
Associate
Joined
26 Jun 2020
Posts
566
Great idea. If you cant afford it you probably cant afford the wear and tear so shouldn't be driving a car anyway.
 
Soldato
Joined
5 Mar 2010
Posts
10,602
If they're worried about the cost, then they should just reduce the maximum amount that can be charged.
 

Dup

Dup

Soldato
Joined
10 Mar 2006
Posts
10,816
Location
East Lancs
I don't think split gaiters and snapped springs are going to cause a huge accident as such, car might drive weird but overall catastrophic failure would be very unlucky.

When it comes to tyres though, those should be assessed annually. The state some people leave them in within 12 months is bad enough, allowing another 12 months plus our usual weather... Gonna be the cause of even more unecessary accidents in my opinion.
 
Soldato
Joined
5 Oct 2009
Posts
12,140
Location
Spalding, Lincs
I don't think split gaiters and snapped springs are going to cause a huge accident as such, car might drive weird but overall catastrophic failure would be very unlucky.

When it comes to tyres though, those should be assessed annually. The state some people leave them in within 12 months is bad enough, allowing another 12 months plus our usual weather... Gonna be the cause of even more unecessary accidents in my opinion.

Snapped spring can easily drop off the spring cup, casuing that corner to suddenly drop with possible loss of control, or it could (and quite often does) drop and dig into the tyre causing quite a rapid deflation of the tyre.

Rack gaiters, not generally going to cause issues for a long time but water and grit in the rack isn't going to do it any favours. Unlikely to cause any sudden problems, but it's still something that should be functioning correctly.
 
Associate
Joined
24 Jun 2021
Posts
1,339
Location
UK
Whoever is suggesting that a fifty quid every other year saving is a solution for the cost of living crisis should be fired.

I'm looking at those pictures and have no idea what's wrong, but I don't know cars, which is the whole point of getting someone who knows what they're looking at to look at it every year.
 
Soldato
Joined
27 Mar 2013
Posts
7,431
Doesn't biannual mean twice a year? /end pedantic. Hiw do springs go like that in the second pic, was it a massive shock from a pothole or something?
 
Soldato
Joined
27 Feb 2015
Posts
10,016
Are we surprised? compromise safety so we dont have to tax billionaires more or do those nasty windfall taxes.

Also this really only defers MOT costs (by that I mean repair costs to pass, a car passing MOT without repairs needed is a small expense in the current crisis), it doesnt save them.
 
Top Bottom