The UK’s high MOT test standards will remain, after an EU decision has ruled over vehicle testing procedures.
There had been concerns that the UK’s MOT system, responsive for delivering some of the safest road vehicles in Europe, may have been diluted as European rules brought in line testing procedures in other member countries.
Although the UK Government disagreed with many EU proposals, it was possible that the UK views might be disregarded, and that the Commissions decision could disadvantage independent aftermarket companies.
It’s now been agreed that the new rules will be a Directive, instead of being enforced as a Regulation, allowing individual members freedom to apply rules for their own countries, as long as they meet a certain minimum standard. Member States will also be allowed to set higher test standards than required.
This allows the UK to continue with its requirement of testing cars three years after their first registration date, and every year after.