MOTs/Vehicle Testing

Consider bringing in roadworthiness testing by MOT or similar and licence establishments to undertake tests and also deal with the necessary certification for testing and importation of vehicles.

Is there a need for vehicle testing to be undertaken by government, it's a single assessment of whether a vehicle is safe on that day to be registered in IOM and after that date we don't care what condition it's in. Could this be delivered by approved MOT stations.

Could save Government money through staff costs, building costs etc, provide an income through licensing approved MOT stations and make it easier for those outside of Douglas to get a vehicle tested, improve road safety and the environment.

MOT could be three yearly to avoid impact upon motorist.

Why the contribution is important

Environment, safety and saving impacts potentially.

by Saveandgrow on May 13, 2017 at 05:54AM

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Average rating: 3.6
Based on: 3 votes


  • Posted by LeanGreen May 13, 2017 at 08:55

    Good idea. It would save police time too. They should not be sitting on the roadside looking for faulty brake lights.
  • Posted by DJW May 13, 2017 at 11:47

    Should have been implemented long ago, would get rid of a lot of the one eyed cars you see every winter it you can't be bothered to fix a minor item what state is the rest of the car in and it would make it less of a game of roulette when buying second hand. Would need to be yearly though, three yearly is too long, a lot can deteriate on a vehicle in that time
  • Posted by Litigant May 13, 2017 at 11:55

    The current system assumes that the UK exports all its MOT failures to the IOM. Not the case.
    It is badly administered by the Vehicle Test Centre. There are no appointments. Folk in key jobs such as doctors, teachers, police etc. are forced to justify why they need to leave a vehicle the night before. (clue if you still cant work it out, it is the the convenience of the VTC, not the customer (note the word customer- not something the VTC understand, so another reason for MOTs in private garages))
    Documentation from elsewhere is not accepted - e.g. receipt for new tyres not admissible, needs a retest.
    It could all be so simple, Manx MOT exactly equivalent to UK. Seek agreement with UK to recognise one another's tests. For people who have their cars serviced every year, an MOT is no inconvenience.
    For people who don't, these are the cars that are not roadworthy - not the UK imports.
  • Posted by dpfellows May 13, 2017 at 15:32

    Agree with above.
  • Posted by DaveB May 14, 2017 at 19:56

    Are you all garage owners looking for work? Only joking.
    Unfortunately MoTs are not the answer, just another burden on the cash strapped citizen without solving the problem.
    Only today Manx Radio news carried the story of the massive increase in unroadworthy taxis and HGVs which are MoT'd.
    "It's an equally worrying picture for HGVs, with up to 50% thought to be not roadworthy at any one time, despite having to undergo annual MOT-style tests."
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