MOT Overhaul To Stop 'Clocked' Cars

The Government have announced plans to improve MOT test standards, which includes changes that could end the practice of 'clocking' cars.

According to the Government on Wednesday, an evaluation of existing MOT found that more than a quarter of vehicles tested in 2010 to 2011 had one or more car defects that were either missed by MOT test centres or incorrectly assessed.

The Government said that it wanted to retain its existing rules on MOT test frequency, but would "shine a light" on the performance of MOT testing stations by releasing hitherto unpublished survey data on whether the sector is complying with test standards.

Under the plans, the Government would be working with motoring organisations to find out what problems motorists experience and enable them to share examples of good customer service, and create feedback websites such as "existing online hotel and restaurant review websites".

There will also be help for motorists to spot “clocked” second hand vehicles, by changing MOT certificates so that they carry the last three years’ mileage information while “mystery shopper” tests would be arranged to help improve performance.

Minister Justine Greening said: “Our garages are crucial to ensuring that Britain’s roads continue to be among the safest in the world. Most are doing good work but the latest data shows that there is room for improvement.

"I want each motorist to be confident that a visit to the garage ends with their car repaired to a high standard by reputable mechanics rather than uncertainty about cost and the quality of service.

“Giving drivers the very best information about garage performance is absolutely key to achieving this goal. It means that responsible garages will be well placed to reap the commercial benefits of transparency. Garages where performance is not up to scratch will find themselves under pressure to do more for their customers.”


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

18 February 2004
Pregnancy test kit reports 'false negatives'
It is thought that hundreds of women tested for pregnancy in the UK inside the last 12 weeks may have been incorrectly told they are not pregnant. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said a problem had recently been identified with the SAS One Step pregnancy test kits.
13 January 2004
Garage MOTs fail to spot basic faults, says report
According to a survey by consumer magazine Which?, MOT tests, which are carried out by Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (Vosa) accredited testing garages, are failing to spot basic faults on vehicles.
23 July 2008
Doctors 'MOT' Test Revealed
Details have now emerged of how the Government will set about introducing five-yearly 'MOTs' for doctors.
11 March 2014
Blood Test Identifies Those At-Risk Of Alzeimer's Within Three Years
Researchers have discovered and validated a blood test that can predict with greater than 90 percent accuracy if a healthy person will develop mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease within three years.
02 December 2010
Pesticide Exposure 'Linked To Dementia'
Long term exposure to pesticides may be linked to the development of dementia, suggests research published online in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The authors base their findings on 614 vineyard workers in South West France whose intellectual capacity was monitored for up to six years as part of the Phytoner study.