New MOT checks could hit tyres, warns MB&G

6th January 2012

The newly introduced MOT checks could see drivers hit with hefty bills for the repair of new car features like pressure monitoring system designs for road tyres.

That is according to insurance and warranty specialist MB&G who highlighted the potentially hefty costs of the changes being introduced to the MOT exam.

From the start of this month, MOT tests will incorporate stricter criteria focusing on electronic stability control (ESC) and tyre pressure monitoring systems.

Failure to maintain these car features could leave drivers seriously out of pocket, with MB&G estimating costs of up to £2,000 for ESC repairs and £500 for tyre pressure monitoring systems.

Under the new rules, drivers will have up to three months to repair problems without failing an MOT, but after that period, the normal rules will apply.

Speaking about the changes MB&G managing director David McPhee called on drivers to ensure regular checks are undertaken on their vehicles.

"Problems could be flagged at an earlier stage and may not be as costly to repair which is a plus for all parties," he said.

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