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MOT breaks for all vehicles in new proposal

By: Chris Taylor
11 April 2011

The annual requirement for an MOT test could be changed, saving money for those involved in driving work and logistics work. 

Under a new government proposal by the Transport Secretary, motorists may only have to have their vehicles checked only once every two years. The Government are trying to offer a break to drivers amidst soaring fuel prices, The Daily Mail reports.

According to Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, modern day cars, vans and lorries are much safer than older vehicles so it is not necessary to impose the costly Ministry Of Transport (MOT) test each year.

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

New vehicles would also get an extra year's grace making an MOT compulsory after four years instead of three, according to The Telegraph.

Typically an MOT costs just over £55 but vehicles are often found to have other signs of wear and tear such as on tyres or break discs, inflating that cost to around £200 or more.

Mr Hammond will investigate three potential changes to the current system. He said: "We want to work with the industry and motorists to get the decision absolutely right."

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