MoT Woes, Disaster looming

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Geo, May 23, 2011.

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What do you as drivers want

  1. Leave the system as it is with annual test

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  2. Yes bring in the 2 yearly MoTs

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  1. Geo

    Geo Trader - Funster

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    Well The Hype has started :RollEyes:
    The trade magazines this morning are all prophesying doom and gloom for the Mot and Motor trade in general
    50% loss in Jobs, 50% loss in trade
    Knock on effect for parts supplyers etc ect
    Result
    Half the amount of testing stations available to test :RollEyes:
    Double the amount of difficulty in booking an apointment:cry:
    Cars off road waiting for apointments:Eeek:
    Increase in test fees:Sad:
    Death on the roads increase
    What do you think,
     
  2. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    And they've missed a trick.....

    No MOT so not legal on road so you have to SORN it and return your tax disk.

    I take it this is the new 2 year MOT move.
     
  3. Tony Santara

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    How many fail the MOT as it is at present with annual test ?.

    Most motorist don't know they have a problem until it fails the MOT test...so another year on the car will probably be even worse for wear and then a bigger repair bill
    With that in mind they could driving around in a death trap
     
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  4. old-mo

    old-mo Funster Extra Special Life Member

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    Am I missing some thing ?

    2 year MOT`s will not take vehicles off the road, so after the initial catch up period the same amount of vehicles will need testing...

    And lets face it the very, very old 10 year MOT was cut down because cars and the mechanics can deteriorate over that period greatly. and quickly..

    But modern cars seem to go on a lot longer than the old sheds.. and dont seem to rust away so quick unlike the old Ford Consul`s/Zodiac`s BMC`s... ETC.. Which was or seemed to be the most common MOT failure..
     
  5. chatter

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    Too many people out there never think to do any basic car maintenance as it is and only get things done if it fails the MOT so i think it should stay 12mthly at least, then again we have 2 MOTS a year on our working vehicles (from brand new and have known a few vehicles fail even then) and i would vote in favour of that for all vehicles if was able
     
  6. callumwa

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    I agree with changing to a 2 yearly system.

    When I lived in France we used to get the French "Controle Technique" MOT test done on my UK registered car and my motorbike, in lieu of taking them back to UK for MOT. I know that technically is is not strictly correct but at least it was in compliance with French Law, which is where we were driving, and they were being checked over.

    Now as far as I can see the French are driving pretty much the same cars as us ( Peugeot, Nissan, Honda, Ford, etc etc) and are not having carnage on the roads due to unworthy vehicles.

    They test every two years, (after the car is 4 years old), but also if you intend to sell the vehicle it must have had the test done within the last 6 months.

    What I also liked is that the CT (MOT) sticker must be displayed on the windscreen along with your insurance certificate, as we do with our tax discs. It is very easy to see any vehicle not displaying the MOT and Insurance certificates.

    So I am all for switching to bi-annual testing. Perhaps for vehicles over 10 years they could continue with once a year if the stats showed this was a problem, with many failures for dangerous reasons.
     
  7. nokaii

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    It's not just rust & rot, although I agree cars these days tend to last a hell of a lot longer body wise.
    It's ball joints/trackrod ends & mostly coil springs that take a beating with all the speed ramps & potholes......Our local motor factors hardly ever sold a replacement coil spring, now they sell several each week!

    I swear some of the speed ramps near us must be well over regulation height, I for one would like to see them outlawed & replaced with other means less damaging to our suspension:thumb:

    So all those vehicles with broken/damaged suspension will now be driving around for 2 years not knowing till it's on the MOT ramp:Eeek:

    Steve
     
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  8. JockandRita

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    Folks can't even be bothered to carry out basic weekly/monthly checks on the vehicles, so on that basis, I would like to stick with annual tests.

    Both garage owners and MOT testers where I have to take the MH due to it's weight, are very busy, but also very fair, and I'd hate to see them go out of business.

    Cheers,

    Jock.
     
  9. Heyupluv

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    What is the problem..........It has been after 4 years you have the first test from new, not three years like in the Uk, and every 2 years after that in France.......No problem here. .......who is putting out these scare stories:Rofl1::Rofl1:....mass unemployment....:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1: I thought that is what you wanted less working more leisure:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Mel:thumb:
     
  10. chesterfield hooligan

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    :Smile: Hi Spain is every two year's for the ITV test :Smile:
     
  11. ourcampersbeentrashed

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    I would insist on MOT every year even if the legal requirement was every two years.

    Road safety and vehicle safety is paramount.
     
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    Geo might have to downsize to something only 30 feet long.
     
  13. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    Annual end of story, no debate needed and I dont do MOT's on principle as I sell vehicles

    Peter
     
  14. Geo

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    Only for the first mot free year Brian, in year two I will order the New 40ft Monaco:Wink::thumb:
     
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  15. Terry

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    Every yr in my mind :Smile: I know it's a pain but for lots of people it is the only time vehicles see a garage :BigGrin:Personally if somethings wrong I fix it ASAP :thumb: or get someone who can :Wink:
    terry
     
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    I really dislike all those adverts every 5 minutes




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  17. Heyupluv

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    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:Brian you are a case:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:maybe he can get away with 31feet...

    Mel
     
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    hmm .. maybe I'm also missing something Mo .

    my logic says, if the testing frequency is changed to every two years then that's only half the amount of work over a given period.. hence half the amount of testing stations and testers required.. also half the amount of VAT .. can't see HMRC being happy.

    I would say a test should be millage rather than time based .. after all , some only do 5k miles per year.. fleet and commercial vehicles can do starship miles.. so if it were changed to say every 12k miles or 2 years , whichever comes sooner, that would make more sense.. but I imagine that would be difficult to police.. so IMO the annual test should be kept .. it also fits in nicely with the 12k or annual service ...
     
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  19. Reallyretired

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    I expect the cost will be twice as high, I don't see us saving anything.:Sad:
     
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    Just a thought.. a two year test would be handy for full timers abroad ... it's the only thing you MUST return to the UK to renew ...
     
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