The BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association) has called on the Department for Transport (DfT) to introduce a more stringent MOT regime for large vans.
Responding to the Government’s consultation on the future of the MOT, the BVRLA supported the Government’s proposal to extend the period for the first MOT for lighter vehicles from three to four years, but opposed the same extension for class 7 vans (those weighing 3,000- 3,500kg).
The association said the date for the initial MOT for large vans should be cut to one year after first registration in order to address safety.
BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: “Van traffic is growing, and these vehicles’ average annual mileages are significantly higher than the average car on UK roads. At a time when the government’s own data shows large vans have appalling first time pass rates, the BVRLA believes these vehicles should be getting tested every year, not every three or four years.
“Many large vans fail their first MOT because they have not been well maintained and have substandard brakes, so they pose a real risk to road safety.”
The BVRLA opposed a proposal to add the cost of van enforcement to MOT charges rather than general taxation.