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MOT test proposals put 'on hold'

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Proposals to reduce the frequency of MOT testing may have been delayed following strong opposition from parts of the industry.

The proposed changes, which were announced by transport secretary Philip Hammond earlier this year, would push back the first MOT test to reflect the advances in motoring technology and reliability.

The initial test would come when the car was fours years old rather than three, followed by a two-year gap, then every year after the car reaches six years old.

But most road users are against the changes and argue that less frequent testing could be detrimental to road safety, a recent poll shows.

And with more risk on the roads, drivers could be forced to pay out more for their van insurance in the event of an accident.

Martin Mosley, speaking for car spares provider Car Parts Direct says: "Over a third of all the brakes we supply are for cars under three years old, which aren't even due for the test. Scrapping the annual MOT test is madness."

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