- Oct 14, 2013
- W213 Designo Hyacinth E63
Thankfully in Northern Ireland we don't have any upselling nonsense to deal with.The MOT not longer feels right to me. It ought to be about ensuring vehicles in dangerous condition are not allowed to continue being used on the roads. Instead of which it seems to have grown into an ever more complex inspection looking for petty problems which in some cases are used for revenue generation. I can't find the statistics but I believe vehicle condition is a very minor cause of accidents. There are countries with no safety inspection and there is little evidence that it makes much difference to accident rates. I do think there needs to be vehicle safety inspection in the UK but the national effort that goes in to the current MOT seems hugely out of proportion compared to issues which are a much bigger cause of accidents, for example distracted driving. We are even designing cars with increased distractions built in which seems madness to me.
I've left emissions out of the debate because I have no issue with emissions testing.
The MOT's here in are all done in official government controlled test centres, we do not allow independent garages to do the tests.