You might find it hard to believe but there was a time when there was no need for you to get your car MOT’d. That’s right, there was a time when people in this country were more than happy to allow any old banger to traverse the British road network without having things like it’s brakes checked for roadworthiness or the fact that the tyres might have about as much tread as a Formula One car after it’s had Lewis Hamilton storm it around Silverstone 53 times without a pitstop. Having said that, they still weren’t that concerned as tyre checks didn’t come in until eight years after the first test was devised. Unlike the motorist of pre-1960 you do need a get a yearly check done and for MOT Gloucester or the surrounding areas a visit to swift fit uk is a very good idea.
So, MOT’s then, no need for them? Health and Safety gone mad? This might have been something of an argument back in 1960 but it was wearing a little thin. Whilst before 1960 it might have been a blue moon on Monday before you actually saw a car go by your house let alone you own one By 1960 car ownership was becoming more and more common. It is quite one thing for a car to plough into a tree/house/haberdashery or, even rarely back then, another car coming the other way, due to a mechanical fault but when it becomes a regular occurrence people start asking the government to do something about it.
Ernest Marples was the Minister saddled with the job. He didn’t have a lot of choice in the matter seeing as how he was the Minister for Transport at the time. Therefore, he is the man that should be blamed for it. To make you feel even better the original was called the ten year test, basically once a car had had it done it was good to go and rust quietly to itself before being dragged back to the garage again for another one after the ten years was up. To make matters worse, the Ministry of Transport does not exist anymore so its totally anachronistic to call it the MOT.
Perhaps unsurprisingly a huge amount of the original cars tested completely failed the ten year test and the government soon realised that actually it might be a good idea to make the test a more regular annual thing and maybe bring in checks on tyres as they can wear out and whether the car might fall apart from rust as soon as it came into contact with anything.