Relaxed MOT rules to cost motorists more?

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Claimed savings with annual MOTs becoming a thing of the past have been undermined by a report, which shows that scrapping annual testing will actually increase the pressure on motorist's pockets and the wider UK economy.

The report by Pro-MOTe which is made up of 29 safety organisations, motoring groups, retailers and other transport groups includes research estimating that the average motorist would be £80 worse off under a less frequent MOT system than today.

The report also predicts the increased costs in terms of road deaths, injuries and damage. On top of this, there are the anticipated 40,000 lost jobs and reduced tax revenues. This all totals a massive £1.44bn.

This research compares the current 3-1-1 system, where cars over three years are tested every year, with the 4-2-2 system more commonly used elsewhere in Europe (where cars over four years old are tested every two years). Under the 4-2-2 system, it estimates that the average motorist would save £24.44 a year.

However, at the same time, the average motorist would suffer additional repair, insurance premiums and fuel usage which would total £81.81 under the 4-2-2 system.

Commenting on the report, Pro-MOTe co-coordinator, Bill Duffy, said: "This research shows that scrapping annual MOT testing would not only be dangerous but prove very expensive too, to both drivers and taxpayers alike.

The Government has suggested that reducing the number of safety tests would reduce the financial burden on motorists. Yet the truth is exactly the opposite. Moving to two-yearly tests would mean extra repair costs, extra insurance premiums and extra fuel costs for already hard-pressed motorists.

And the cost to the UK economy in lost jobs and higher costs arising from the additional accidents that we would see due to less frequent testing would be significant".

Despite all the arguments against, apparently the Department for Transport is still keen to push ahead with these changes.