A new type of MOT check is to be introduced from next month, but motorists have been warned that it could see them with inflated bills.
While the MOT changes are good news for road safety, fleetnews.co.uk warns that they could leave many with large bills for equipment such as electronic stability control and electric seat adjustment if they're not covered by a manufacturer warranty.
The Department for Transport is adding the list of items in vehicles that must be checked, in order to bring Britain's MOT checks in line with tougher European Union standards.
Among the affected will be drivers of cars, vans and heavy-goods vehicles, which will all be subject to additional safety checks.
Alastair Peoples, chief executive of the Vehicle and Operators Service Agency (VOSA), was quoted saying: "The MOT test is designed to make sure that a vehicle is fit to be on the road so it needs to be updated to reflect new technology.
"We have worked with the industry to prepare them for these changes to make sure that the measures are introduced in the least burdensome way possible."
Earlier this month, the VOSA announced that fees for calibration of tachographs, which record details of a vehicle's activity over a 24-hour period, are to be deregulated from January 1st, 2012.