No change to MOT test frequency

Recommendations to make the vehicle MOT test a two-year rather than an annual event have been dismissed by the Government, it has been announced.

Two years ago, ministers were urged to reduce the frequency of the tests in a review of EU red tape published by Lord Davidson, Advocate General for Scotland.

But transport minister Jim Fitzpatrick said that the proposals were likely to result in more road traffic accidents.

"Our analysis suggests that a significant number of additional road traffic accidents would be likely if MOT test frequency was reduced," he said in a written parliamentary statement.

"This is primarily because the annual MOT failure rate is already high - around 35% - and, if we were to reduce test frequency, there is a very real risk that the number of unroadworthy cars would increase significantly.

"In turn, the number of road casualties would inevitably increase."

He said that the MOT test frequency should remain unchanged as such an increase would be "wholly unacceptable".

All vehicles over three years old must have an MOT test every year, although Lord Davidson's review recommended that new cars should first be tested when they are four years old, and every two years after that.

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