DVSA & DfT looking at changing the system to deal with the issue of outstanding recall notices


A number of changes were made to the MoT test in 2018, however there could be more changes ahead as the DVSA and Department for Transport (DfT) are looking at ways of changing the system to deal with the issue of outstanding recall notices.

Apparently, tougher regulations may be introduced in a bid to address the large number of cars on our roads with outstanding safety recall notices.

According to reports, the DVSA and DfT are looking at altering the MoT rules to help deal with the problem.

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By introducing these new rules, it’s hoped that car owners will be encouraged to deal with outstanding recalls and to address the issues connected to their vehicle.

At the moment, the databases which deal with MoT and recalls are separate but under new rules they could be combined, meaning any car given a recall notice would immediately be classed as unroadworthy and an MoT failure issued.

It’s believed that an estimated one in 13 cars on UK roads have an outstanding recall against them which in total means around 2.39 million cars.

Safety recall are often issued by car manufacturers to deal with specific problems such as software issues, faulty airbags or fire risks. A number of recalls can be related to problems that could be potentially dangerous for the driver and other road users.

“DVSA will work with the Department for Transport to determine how the MOT system can be adjusted to cover outstanding safety recalls in the future,” said Neil Barlow, DVSA head of vehicle engineering, adding: “It would make logical sense where appropriate for the MOT to be aligned with the safety recalls system.”

There’ll more than likely be a certain amount of tolerance involved surrounding the new rules when introduced to make the system fair for all. For instance, if a motorist has only received a recall notice just days or a week before the MoT test, they obviously won’t have had enough time to deal with it.

“DVSA has to also ensure that motorists have fair warning of newly added recalls,” said Mr Barlow, also stating that drivers should be granted “reasonable time” to sort out fixing the fault.


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