Government plans review of MOT test

Drivers could be required to take fewer MOT tests for their vehicle under new proposals being considered by the Government.

The current MOT requirements, which have been in place since 1967, are being reviewed in view of the technological advances made in the automotive sector.

According transport secretary Philip Hammond the plan to have the first test at four years instead of three and the second test two years further on would also mean significant savings for motorists who are struggling with high costs, including soaring fuel prices.

He said: "Car technology has come a long way since the 1960s when our MOT regime was introduced. That's why we think its right to look again to check whether we still have the right balance of MOT testing for modern vehicles.

"If we can move from first test at four years and yearly thereafter to four years, then two and then yearly, motorists could save £100."

The move comes despite warnings in aDepartment for Transport study that putting off the MOT test to after four years could mean two extra deaths every year.

A consultation on the proposals will consider inputs from motoring groups, road safety organisations and the MOT trade.

Mr Hammond added: "This will be a genuine consultation and we want to work with the industry and motorists to get the decision absolutely right."

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