Motor Industry News
Motorists save as it moves to 2 years By Rosa Prince, Political Correspondent. Cars will only be tested for road-worthiness every two years - saving motorists almost half a billion pounds annually.
The £50.35 MoT test on vehicles three or more years old will no longer be done every year to bring it in line with the rest of Europe. The move, announced yesterday by Chancellor Gordon Brown, follows a review by the Treasury to cut red tape.
Headed by Lord Davidson, it discovered most of the EU only requires cars to be tested biennially and only after their fourth birthday. He told the CBI conference in London: "Moving to the EU minimum would mean cost savings in terms of inconvenience, time and paperwork. It would also save motorists £465m a year in test fees."
But motoring organisations said they were worried about safety. The AA said: "Saving money is good for the motorist but not at the expense of safety or the environment in terms of emission levels."
"We'd like to determine how many cars usually fail the MoT at four to six years old to see how many cars would fall through the net."
An RAC spokesman added: "The changes could see a number of un-roadworthy cars on the road which would have failed an MoT test during the extended period."
Lord Davidson's review found at least 10 other areas where British laws were stricter than those in the European Union. Adopting EU regulations would save up to £670m, he said. These include councils not forcing all food workers to go on hygiene courses and the easing of animal testing regulations.