IAAF Service Partner GiPA have issued their thoughts on the MOT consultation document issued at the end of January 2017. GiPA comment in particular on the Department for Transport claim that changing the MOT test intervals from the current schedule of 3-1-1 to 4-1-1 would result in annual savings of approximately £100,000,000 across the total driving population.
GiPA have produced the chart below showing the key insights into the 3-year car parc MOT business. The market volume of workshop entries directly related to MOT testing is 650,755, a market estimated by GiPA to be valued at £148,988,541. This would mean potential lost revenue for workshops.
|The 3-year old car parc MOT business: Key figures|
|2,230,000 units||It is a legal requirement for all drivers to perform the first MOT test when their car is 3 years old and every year thereafter (3-1-1). Currently there are 2,230,000 3-year old passenger cars in operation.|
|650,755 entries||Excluding the MOT test, this population generated 650,755 workshop entries to prepare their car for the MOT test or make repairs following it.|
|£148,988,541||These preparations and repair entries generated an estimated turnover of £148,988,541 on average.|
GiPA suggest that a 4-1-1 MOT test schedule could enable drivers to save even more money than the Department for Transport estimates.
However, GiPA state that this saving could have an implication for driver safety. When looking at which operations were carried out during MOT preparation and repair for the 3-year-old car parc segment, GiPA found that 48% of these workshop entries were to change tyres or braking parts.
|The 3-year old car parc MOT business: Safety parts replacements|
|33% brake parts||33% of operations undertaken during these 650,755 workshop entries linked to MOT tests were related to braking parts replacement.|
|15% tyres||15% of operations undertaken during these 650,755 workshop entries linked to MOT tests were related to tyres replacement.|
The results raise potential concerns about safety. It would appear that a high volume of essential repairs are carried out in the 3rd year of a car’s life; and that these potentially safety-critical operations would be delayed by a year with the introduction of a 4-1-1 MOT test interval.