Klarius Group Ltd

Klarius Group Ltd

August 02, 2011 11:00 ET

UK Government is About to Take a Wrong Turn on MOT Tests

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 2, 2011) -

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UK Government Ministers are considering reducing the frequency of MOT tests, which, they claim, would reduce costs for motorists. Is this just going to move essential repair work back a year and result in unsafe vehicles on UK roads?

The Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, has ordered a review of the test to ensure it reflects the requirements of modern vehicle technology and manufacturing. A consultation will examine whether the first MOT test can be pushed back from three to four years, and the second test after another two years. Is this move really aimed at helping motorists or deflecting anger at artificially high fuel prices being used to prop up government spending in other areas?

As a manufacturer and distributor of replacement auto spares for 98% of the cars on the road, the Klarius Group believes it will suffer a reduction in trade during the first period, but, then as parts need to be replaced the business will return. The effect on small traders however and public safety for that matter could be far more profound.

This is not a new idea, and the government stands to waste time and tax payers' money investigating it again; as recently as 2008, after a high-profile plan announced by Gordon Brown to 'ease the burden on motorists' by making MOT tests less frequent, plans were shelved after a Department for Transport report concluded that changing to a two-year system would "increase deaths and serious injuries -significantly".

Speaking out on the subject, Klarius Group Chairman and CEO Tony Wilson is forthright in his opinion on the subject.

'Every garage in the UK is likely to see its revenue from MOT work reduced by 50%. The same will apply to parts suppliers and manufacturers. Some garages will not survive and those that do will be forced to make mechanics redundant.'

'Motorists without any mechanical car knowledge might see this as a 'good news' story, which is what the government wants. What they have failed to tell the motorists is that the cost of MOT's is likely to be forced up accordingly. What price a major failure on a motorway journey though, our lives, and those of others?'

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