In an effort to aid with the ongoing cost of living crisis, the UK government has announced how they plan to help ease some of the stress that has been caused by this – including changes to MOT rules.
Drivers could be about to save more than £55 a year – with the annual Ministry of Transport (MOT) Test set to be scrapped and replaced with a check once every 2 years.
The idea for this change was shared with senior party members by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps at a Cabinet meeting earlier in May.
With inflation at a 30-year high, the fuel crisis, supply chain issues relating to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and household bills rising at alarming rates, the Prime Minister urged MPs to look for ‘innovative ways’ to find solutions to the challenges.
Following the announcement, there have been calls from the Labour Party and industry bodies to not go ahead with the plans due to safety concerns and a potential increase in hazards and accidents.
Commenting on the suggestion that vehicle MOTs could take place every two years, rather than annually, RAC head of policy Nicholas Lyes said: “The purpose of an MOT is to ensure vehicles meet a basic level of safety for driving on our roads. Shifting it from annually to every two years would see a dramatic increase in the number of unroadworthy vehicles and could make our roads far less safe.”
It is important to remember, however, that, as yet, no official changes have been implemented and
the current rules remain in place.