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RMI urges Government to reveal MOT plans

The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) is urging the Government to provide the industry with clarification of their intentions under the MOT review as soon as possible.

RMI Chairman Colin Parlett made the plea in a speech last night (Thursday, October 20) at the RMI’s Annual Dinner, held at the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London.

Parlett said: “Last year Mike Penning, Minister for Transport, stood here and said he would shortly be announcing a review of the MOT, 12 months on and we are still waiting for this announcement.

“The Federation calls on Government to reflect on the success of the existing scheme and not necessarily follow the example of our European partners.

“The existing situation much be addressed as a matter of urgency not losing sight of the fact that the MOT was introduced to improve safety on the road along with a reduction of road deaths.”

The RMI has been engaged with the DfT for some time on the wider issues around the current test and continue to view the review as a positive step.

There are many areas of the MOT that could be improved and the RMI has been in discussions with the DfT to air its views on what positive changes could be made.

However, this does not deflect our opposition to any change to the frequency of MOT testing. After the impending announcement of the review the RMI intend to continue to work with senior officials at the DfT.

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