I have a level of insider knowledge.
Road safety stats indicate <5% of road traffic accidents are defect related.
Have you got a source please?
I have a car that is several months away from it's annual service but less than 2,000 miles from the mileage intervals. The car is main dealer serviced about 1.5 times a year to maintain the warranty which will be ending this year anyway. I should be okay as I am expecting to not do much more than ten miles a week to buy food once a week but there will be others that will bust on their limits. I own the car outright but the problems could be larger for those who have a car via contract/lease scheme as not servicing the car on time would ordinarily lead to a significant penalty when the contract ends.
DfT publish annual statistics here:
There's also an API for MOT data which is quite enlightening on terms of what cars fail why.
There's some very interesting educational research that's come from this source, I'll try to dig some links up.
Must get back to work though.
In Alberta, Canada, there is no MOT safety check equivalent for any private vehicle. Basically if any vehicle is imported into the province not as new via a dealer, it has a one-time safety check.
I don't see any car defect related carnage on our roads and the police can impound what they consider to be unsafe vehicles, but otherwise there isn't any recurrent safety check for private vehicles of any age. Winter tends to be the great equaliser of safety, though, as a poorly maintained vehicle is less likely to start or have the grip to go anywhere.
It is a(nother) timely and pragmatic initiative . Getting the MoT on my Yeti was something I was fretting about , on one of the few moments I wasn't fretting about bigger concerns .
I support the idea of an MoT - but for all cars - the exemption of old cars was always a very risky move as it relied on loving owners of classics to look after them . I can't be the only one who could well meaningly create a major problem if I did the work myself - than God I have never entertained delusions of competence
I was happy to build my 7... but wouldn't want to drive it without the IVA, without an annual once-over by someone else (even if I've dealt with anything than needed doing meanwhile) and without its MoT...
In Alberta, Canada, there is no MOT safety check equivalent for any private vehicle.
That international variation and the UK safety data would help enormously in designing a randomised trial of different intervals. The biggest problem I can foresee is the payment system and consequent perception of unfairness between the arms...