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York MP backs plans to keep MOTs frequent


5:18pm 15th February 2012
(Updated 5:24pm 15th February 2012)

York Central MP, Hugh Bayley, has welcomed the news that the Government have dropped plans to relax first test date and frequency of MOT testing. Mr Bayley, who recently visited Halfords Autocentre on Foss Islands Road to meet with concerned campaigners against these proposals, was pleased to learn of this decision given the expected risks and expense it would place on British motorists.
The Government had originally planned to change the existing 3-1-1 system which sees all new cars and vans being tested after three years and every year thereafter, to a 4-2-2 system which tests new cars at four years and then two yearly intervals thereafter. This would have brought Britain in line with other European countries, however may have put more risk on Britain's roads, which are currently some of the safest in the world. According to figures published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and Department for Transport, the UK had the lowest number of road deaths last year since records began, making them much safer than many other EU countries who have a 4-2-2 system in place.
Having decided not to pursue this policy due to public pressure and professional opinion, the Government have also announced that it will now publish information gathered by VOSA about the standards of MOT testing and work with organisations to arrange mystery shopper exercises to enhance the overall customer experience.
Hugh Bayley MP says:
"This recent u-turn by the Government on cutting the frequency of MOT tests is a welcome change, but what were they thinking of when they proposed cutting MOT tests? It had been estimated that less frequent MOT tests would have saved motorists less than £25 a year, but would have run the risk of minor repairs becoming more serious and costly later on.
"Britain currently has some of the safest roads in the world and it is vital that this is maintained and improved where possible. Relaxing laws on the frequency of MOT testing would have been mad, putting motorists at risk of death or serious injury and I am pleased the Government has finally listened to concerned parties and dropped these silly proposals."

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