Government considers two-year car MOTs to cut the cost of living

Thousands of cars would become ‘death traps on wheels’ under plans to make owners get MOTs every two years rather than one, ministers were warned yesterday.

Motoring groups said the proposals, the biggest shake-up of MOTs for decades, would lead to more deaths and injuries on the roads.

Thousands of garages that rely on revenue from the annual checks could also go bust.

The Government’s own internal assessment estimates that Britain’s 23,400 approved test centres could be starved of up to £123.6 million a year.

Under the plans, new cars would only need their first MOT after four years rather than three.

A consultation launched yesterday said officials are also ‘considering if it is appropriate to move to testing every two years rather than every year’ after the first MOT. It covers cars, vans and motorbikes.

The Department for Transport (DfT) argues that advances in vehicle technology, such as with electric cars and lane-assisted driving, mean the annual MOT, which has been in place since 1960, is no longer needed.

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