Car insurance: MOTs to be reduced

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

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Drivers will be able to take their car to the garage on fewer occasions and potentially have more time to search for cheap car insurance if new government plans are confirmed.

The coalition's proposals would see cars only needing to undergo an MOT once every two years, rather than on an annual basis, which could save motor insurance customers substantial amounts of money.

As well as this, ministers are considering altering the current system to enable new cars to obtain their first MOT after four years instead of three.

If accepted, the proposals would mean a car is tested just four times in its first ten years instead of eight.

Philip Hammond, the transport secretary, said: "Car technology has come a long way since the 1960s, that's why we think it's right to look again to check whether we still have the right balance of MOT testing for modern vehicles."

Mr Hammond also noted that the government wants to co-operate with the car industry and motorists in order to ensure the decision is "absolutely right".

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