Grant Shapps refuses to rule out relaxing MOT rules

Grant Shapps refuses to rule out relaxing MOT rules
The Transport Secretary is reportedly considering allowing vehicles to only require an MOT every two years, rather than annually.

Transport Secretary 格兰特·沙普斯 has refused to rule out relaxing MOT rules for motorists to ease the UK’s cost of living crisis.

Mr Shapps is reportedly considering allowing vehicles to only need an MOT every two years, rather than annually.

The tests cost up to £54.85, with repair bills on top.

Asked about the issue by the Commons’ 运输选择委员会, Mr Shapps said any changes would need to meet a “very rigorous safety standard”.

Grant Shapps said ‘it’s always right to keep these things under review’ (亚伦周/ PA)
Grant Shapps said ‘it’s always right to keep these things under review’ (亚伦周/ PA)

伦敦证券交易所暂停交易: “I don’t rule anything out.

“If you look at things like MOTs – cars have clearly become a lot more reliable than when the MOT, named after the Ministry of Transport, was put in place.

“I think it’s always right to keep these things under review, but there’s a lot of road to cover before we get to that point.”

Mr Shapps added: “I’m always looking at things that can assist but I’m certainly not in a position to make specific announcements about those things.”

Transport Select Committee member, Karl McCartney, told Mr Shapps it was “an absolutely crass idea”.

Motoring groups have warned about the safety implications of relaxing MOT rules.

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.”

Vehicles must have an MOT on the third anniversary of their registration, and then every 12 月.

A number of parts such as lights, seatbelts, tyres and brakes are checked to ensure they meet legal standards.

Drivers can be fined up to £1,000 for using a vehicle without a valid MOT.

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