Last week’s announcement that the government scrapped plans to extend the MOT exemption period for new cars has been welcomed by WhoCanFixMyCar.com (WCFMC).
Louis Butcher of WCFMC said: “WCFMC is relieved that the government has abandoned plans to extend the MOT-free period to four years from three.
“If the decision had gone ahead, there would have been more dangerous cars on our roads, meaning compromised safety and, likely, more accidents.”
WCFMC analysed 47,000 lines of data in 2016 and found that there are 44 per cent more repairs on vehicles in their fourth year than in their third.
Louis added: “Sure, the new proposal might have meant motorists have another year free of MOTs.
“But without the MOT at the three-year mark, unresolved problems going another year without being spotted will likely result in bigger repair bills in the long run.
“Not to mention, the costs for the taxpayer and insurers and strain on emergency services, as well as impact on families, due to more accidents, could be much higher.”
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