MoT tests to include extra checks

Changes that are to be made to MoT tests in the UK from January 1, 2012 will see the introduction of additional checks to bring the country into line with European vehicle testing standards as well as to reflect technological advances.

Systems such as brakes, steering, lights and suspension that have already been tested will undergo extra checks.

On-board electrical safety systems, such as electronic stability control, will also be tested.

Vehicles that do not pass the additional tests will not be failed until later in 2012 to facilitate preparation by motorists and garages for the introduction of the changes.

Owners of vehicles that have passed the additional tests may be in a better position to get a good car insurance deal.

Alastair Peoples, chief executive of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, which oversees the MoT test system, said: "The test is designed to make sure that a vehicle is fit to be on the road and so it needs to be updated to reflect new vehicle technology.

"We have worked with the industry to prepare them for these changes to make sure that the measures are introduced in the least burdensome way possible."

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