Chillax and go

In news likely to send road safety campaigners in a spin, the government plans to relax the rules on MOT tests, making annual tests a thing of the past despite increased health and safety concerns.

Under the terms of the new plan, new cars will be required to have an MOT after four years, with cars under ten years old needing an MOT every two years and only cars over ten years of age required to have an annual MOT check-up.

But a study commissioned by the government could put a spanner in the works, claiming that the move would most likely have 'adverse road safety consequences.'

According to the Transport Research Laboratory, vehicle defects are the cause of 3 percent of accidents on the road, and motoring groups have calculated that the proposed changes could mean up to 55 more deaths on the road per year.

As 23 million MOTs currently take place every year, garages are bemoaning the likely impact of the proposals, claiming that jobs will be lost as there will be less repair work to do. However, despite all the fervent opposition, the Department of Transport is very keen to push the proposals through.

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