Six-month MOT extension causing huge challenges, IAAF says

Fears some garages won't be viable resulting in loss of essential repair services for key workers and emergency services

Six-month MOT extension causing huge challenges, IAAF says
Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive.

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has said the DVSA’s decision to extend MOTs for a six-month period causes “huge challenges” for the sector, arguing that the industry needs to ensure vehicles continue to be kept safe in these challenging times.

After receiving extensive feedback from its membership, the IAAF has found many motor factors fear that without MOT business, some garages will no longer be viable and so could result in the complete loss of the essential repair services for key workers, logistics networks and emergency services, which are key to keeping the country running during this critical period.

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The IAAF is also urging DVSA to be clearer on the definition of ‘roadworthy condition’ and to provide clarity on its plans to support the industry and keep roads safe moving forward.

Another concern expressed by members is that the majority of consumers do not realise that they are expected to ensure the car is roadworthy and if not, they face large fines and penalty points.

“Decision to extend MOTs removes any guaranteed income”

Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive, said: “First and foremost, we support any measure to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

“The government wants the automotive aftermarket supply chain to remain open but the decision to extend MOTs removes any guaranteed income for garages.

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“We have seen how well garages have adapted to the ‘new norm’ and successfully maintained a vehicle’s roadworthiness, either through enforcing social distancing measures or offering a car collection and return service.

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