Brits could see yearly MOT checks SCRAPPED under plans to ease cost of living crisis – saving drivers £55

BRITS could see yearly MOT checks scrapped under plans to ease the cost of living.

Drivers would have to get their car tested every two years instead under proposed changes which could save them up to £55 annually.

Yearly MOTs could be scrapped to ease the cost of living


Yearly MOTs could be scrapped to ease the cost of livingCredit: Alamy

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps proposed lengthening MOT certificates’ validity in a Cabinet brainstorm yesterday.

One source told The Telegraph: “If we moved from an annual check to a check every two years, that is halving the cost of MOT renewal.

“That is a bread and butter policy that shows that the Conservatives are on your side.”

But motoring body the AA warned it could lead to higher repair bills for drivers who do not catch problems early enough.

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A spokesman said: “Though well intended, moving the yearly £55 spend on an MOT to every two years could make costs worse for drivers with higher repair bills, make our roads more dangerous and would put jobs in the garage industry at risk.

“Only recently the Government stepped away from switching the MOT to every two years on the grounds of road safety, while AA polling shows overwhelming support from drivers who like the security that an annual health check provides.

“The MOT now highlights major and dangerous defects too, showing how important it is to keep cars in a safe condition.”

Other ideas included increasing the number of kids a childminder can look after at once to bring down childcare costs.

Currently they can look after a maximum of six under eights at a time.

Ministers also suggested easing tariffs on imported foods that cannot be produced in the UK. But the Treasury may block the policy as it would reduce customs revenue.

A cost of living committee will chaired by Boris Johnson will assess whether they can be successfully implemented without costing taxpayers extra.

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On the cost of living, policing minister Kit Malthouse insisted the only way to help Brits was to cut their taxes.

One government insider said: “It was just one long job pitch to be chancellor”.


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