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Plans for fewer MOTs are dropped

By James Landale
Deputy Political Editor, BBC News


The government has given up its plans to reduce the frequency of MOT tests.

Ministers had considered the idea of delaying a car's first MOT from three years to four, and then having tests every two years instead of each year.

But the Department of Transport has decided that its new review of garages and MOTs will not involve any reduction of MOT frequency.

The idea of reducing MOT frequency was first suggested by the then Transport Secretary Philip Hammond.

But his idea has now been overturned by his successor, Justine Greening.

In a written statement to MPs she said: "The government will work with industry, motoring organisations and consumer groups to focus on the reliability and standards of garages."

She adds: "Our garages are crucial to ensuring that Britain's roads continue to be among the safest in the world. Most are doing good work but the latest data shows that there is room for improvement.

"I want each motorist to be confident that a visit to the garage ends with their car repaired to a high standard by reputable mechanics rather than uncertainty about cost and the quality of service."

The lobby group set up last year to campaign against the MOT changes - Pro-MOTe - said they would have "been dangerous, expensive and unwanted".

The campaign, backed by 30 organisations including the AA and RAC and road safety campaigners, said they looked forward to working with Government "to make the MOT test better and to ensure consumers receive the best customer service".

In her written statement to MPs Ms Greening said the government would publish survey data on compliance with test standards, consider launching a TripAdvisor-style website for customers to review test centres and arrange "mystery shopper" tests.

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