The Government today announced it was scrapping plans to shorten the time to a car or van’s first MoT from three years to four years.

The move follows a Department for Transport consultation last year to consider lengthening the wait before the first test for new cars, motorcycles and vans to four years.

The consultation revealed that most of the respondents were against proposals, citing that the safety benefits to motorists of having the first MoT test carried out at the three-year mark rather than four years outweighed the convenience and savings of moving the test.

This mirrors the findings of a public survey for DfT by Populus, that showed fewer than half of people were in favour of the change.

Jesse Norman, Roads Minister, said: “We have some of the safest roads in the world, and are always looking at ways of making them safer.

“Although modern cars are better built and safer than when the MOT test was last changed 50 years ago, there has been a clear public concern that any further changes do not put people’s lives at risk.” – Jesse Norman

“We are looking at further research to ensure the MOT test evolves with the demands of modern motoring.”

The MoT test was introduced in 1960, and originally required all vehicles to undergo their first check after ten years on the road. This was changed in 1967, to require a first MoT after three years on the road.