THE SCOTTISH MOTOR TRADE ASSOCIATION LTD PRESS RELEASE
SMTA DELIGHTED AT MOT FREQUENCY REVIEW ANNOUNCEMENT
Following the announcement in a written ministerial statement today by Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Transport, The Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) is very pleased that the UK government has decided not to reduce the frequency of MOT Testing.
“This is a victory for common sense” said Douglas Robertson, Chief Executive of the SMTA. “Since the initial announcement close to two years ago that there was the possibility of a reduction in the frequency of MOT Testing, much work has been carried out behind the scenes by the SMTA and our fellow trade bodies and consumer groups to ensure that the government was fully aware of the potential consequences of such a decrease. The unacceptable increase in the level of road deaths and serious injuries that would have been caused by more unsafe vehicles being on the road was at the top of our list of reasons for not reducing the frequency and we are very pleased that Ministers at the DfT have now accepted our arguments.”
Mr Robertson continued “Additionally, this is good news for our members as it will secure 40,000-50,000 jobs in the UK, some 4,000 of which are in Scotland. It will also allow our members with MOT Testing Stations to consider further investment in improving facilities and giving an even better service to the motoring public in Scotland”.
PLAIN PAPER MOT CERTIFICATES
As of 16/10/11 pre printed green pass certificates, advisory and the red failure sheets will be no more. From now on they will be of plain paper printed in black. This is to help reduce running costs at VOSA. MTH will encourage our customers to read through the new certificate and familiarise there self's with it. The big down side is finding it in the file !
MTH are representatives on the VTS Council. Any trade operators with requests and concerns with regards to the MOT system please pass on to Malcolm Evans ( MOT Manager) and he will gather information and answers as required.