Letter to the Sunday Express, sent on 20th August 2010:
Contrary to the claims in your article “Brussels wants 2-year MOT tests”, 15 August 2010, let me reassure your readers that the European Commission has not proposed scrapping annual MOTs in the UK. It is undertaking a consultation to gauge the public’s views. If your readers wish to highlight the value of annual testing, I suggest they take part in the consultation at: http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch?form=roadworthiness
Separately, EU legislation has recently been updated to take on board best practice in vehicle testing. This has only slightly influenced the UK’s MOT system as most of the new elements were already covered, and in any case this amendment did not touch on frequency of the tests.
Head of Media
European Commission Representation, London