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Motor Vehicles: Testing

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether he plans to make it Government policy to extend the MOT testing regime to every other year after cars' fourth year as recommended by the Davidson review; and if he will make a statement; (145119)

(2) what assessment he has made of the effect on vehicle emissions as a result of extending the MOT testing regime to every other year after cars' fourth year as recommended by the Davidson review;

(3) whether he has made an assessment of the impact that lengthening the time between MOT tests will have on (a) road safety and (b) driver behaviour as referred to on page 5, paragraph 13 of the Davidson report;

(4) whether he has made an assessment of the frequency of MOT equivalent tests in other EU member states;

(5) whether he has made an assessment of the comparable rates of accidents in which vehicle defects are a contributable factor in other EU member states with an MOT equivalent regime of testing every other year;

(6) what estimates he has (a) made and (b) evaluated of the potential increase in (i) deaths and (ii) serious injuries from a change from annual to biannual MoT tests;

(7) what estimate he has made of the financial implications for (a) MOT garages, (b) motorists and (c) manufacturers and retailers of cars and components arising from a change from annual to biannual MOT tests; and if he will make a statement.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the environmental impact of extending the allowed period between MOT tests to every other year after cars' fourth year as recommended by the Davidson review. (145122)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles failed MOTs on grounds of emissions standards in each year since 1997, broken down by vehicle type. (145123)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is responsible for the operation of the MOT Scheme. Statistics regarding the number of vehicles that failed the MOT test on the grounds of emissions standards are published annually in VOSA’s Effectiveness Report. This is available on-line at www.vosa.gov.uk or in the House of Commons Library, Business and Transport Section.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) the motor insurance industry, (b) MOT garages, (c) the police and (d) the motor car manufacturing industry on lengthening the time between MOT tests. (145130)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many MOT tests were carried out on (a) private and (b) commercial vehicles in each year since 1997. (145132)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is responsible for the supervision of the MOT Scheme. Statistics regarding the number of MOT tests carried out on (a) private and (b) commercial vehicles are reported annually in VOSA’s Effectiveness Report.

This is available on-line at www.vosa.gov.uk or in the House of Commons Library, Business and Transport Section.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the average investment on equipment made by an MOT garage to carry out MOT tests on (a) private and (b) commercial vehicles. (145135)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is responsible for the supervision of the MOT scheme. VOSA authorises a range of equipment for use when carrying out MOT tests. However, the equipment purchased remains a business decision for the MOT garage owner. VOSA does not hold records of the expenditure of MOT garages, therefore, no estimate is available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much a garage is required to pay in fees in order to gain approval as a registered MOT provider; and to which agency such fees are payable. (145150)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is responsible for the supervision of the MOT scheme. Garages applying to the Secretary of State for authorisation to be a registered MOT provider are not required to pay a fee.