Delyn MP David Hanson is calling on the Government to reverse its plans to halve the frequency of MOT tests, which could lead to up to 800,000 unsafe vehicles being allowed on Britain’s roads.
Ministers in the Tory-led government announced proposals to require MOTs to be taken only every two years in October, leading to outcry from road safety groups, motoring organisations and small businesses. The plans to reduce the frequency of MOTs comes at a time when the proportion of cars failing the test is rising.
Labour is backing a national campaign launched by a wide coalition of groups to fight these proposals. Supporters include the AA, the Association of Professional Ambulance Personnel, Aviva, the Federation of Small Businesses, British Cycling, Brake, Confused.com, the RAC, the Retail Motor Industry Federation and Road Safety GB.
David Hanson said:
“Britain’s roads have never been safer and this is due in part to the rigorous MOT system. Reducing the frequency of those tests will put the progress on road safety in jeopardy. These plans will make the roads more dangerous for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians and hike up insurance costs for the hard-squeezed responsible motorist.”
“Every year, the annual MOT test finds 800,000 dodgy cars that are dangerous to drive. Allowing those cars to continue on the road unchecked for an extra year will make our roads less safe and could increase insurance premiums for the responsible majority.”