Pro-MOTe call for Transport select committee to avoid MOT check changes

18th January 2012

Scrapping annual MOT testing would be "dangerous, expensive and unwanted", according to Pro-MOTe campaign co-ordinator Bill Duffy.

Mr Duffy issued the comments during an interview with Tyrepress, following a hearing with the Transport select committee earlier today (January 18th).

He was speaking on behalf of road safety campaigners, motoring organisations and industry bodies who oppose the changes, which would see cars undergo an MOT check every two years.

These organisations have banded together under the Pro-MOTe campaign, which earlier outlined its opposition to the changes.

Speaking after the hearing, Mr Duffy explained that the potential MOT test regularity changes would increase road casualties and car issues for many drivers in the UK.

In particular, he warned that new cars could be prone to tyre wear, while features like brake discs also needed regular checks to avoid problems.

"The more the issue about reducing the frequency of the MOT is debated the more the policy becomes unpicked," he said.

"Today we heard from a wide range of experts that have made a compelling case that reducing the frequency of the MOT would be dangerous, expensive and unwanted by UK road users."

The comments come following research from ProMOTe which revealed drivers could face extra costs of £81 a year on car maintenance because of the MOT changes.
 

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