IAAF is set to take an active part in the consultation by the Northern Ireland Executive on the Call for Evidence on the potential introduction of biennial MOT testing (every two years) for private cars, light goods vehicles.
The current testing frequency in Northern Ireland is 4-1-1 with the first vehicle test at four years of age and then a test every year after. The IAAF will argue that the current test frequency is both safer and more cost effective for motorists.
In the consultation, IAAF will warn of the potential dangers of extending the MOT test frequency, as it could lead to an increase in road accidents and fatalities.
The IAAF will also point out that an increase in frequency will mean an increase in repair costs for drivers, insurance premiums and harmful emissions.
The federation has worked relentlessly in the past 10 years to thwart any attempts to extend the MOT frequency to protect both the automotive aftermarket and the safety of all road users. The current test frequency both in the UK and Northern Ireland makes the roads some of the safest in Europe.
Responding to the consultation announcement, Mark Field, IAAF Chief Executive said: “It is more important than ever, following the reduction in Northern Ireland testing due to defective lifts in early 2020 and then the impact from the coronavirus pandemic, that the current testing frequency be upheld if not strengthened.”