Cycling UK is seriously concerned about Government proposals to set the first MOT test for all new sub-3.5 tonne vehicles at four years instead of three.
While technological advances mean that this may not be a road safety issue for new cars, we certainly think that vans/goods vehicles should still be tested at three years. This is because a three-year-old ‘white van’ used for delivery or trade purposes could have clocked a huge mileage in that time.
Indeed, the volume of such vans is rising rapidly for several reasons. Online shopping is more popular than ever, for example, while some operators now choose 3.5 tonne vans over small trucks/lorries both to avoid HGV operator licence requirements and the challenge of hiring people qualified to drive HGVs (which, in turn, raises questions about whether the licensing threshold needs to be lowered).
Cycling UK will be responding to the consultation, and keeping tabs on the impact that the proliferation of van traffic may have on cyclists.
- Government consultation (closes 16 April 2017).