More than half of drivers in the UK believe the government’s idea to change the MOT test to every two years is not a good idea, with the majority of these believing it would be unsafe.
The government is considering extending the compulsory MOT assessments from every year to once every two years to help drivers save money during the cost-of-living crisis.
However, a poll conducted by RAC revealed 55 per cent thought this was a bad idea, while just 22 per cent approved of the proposals.
Nearly all (98 per cent) of those who did not agree with the plans thought it would lead to dangers on the roads; one-fifth said there would be more collisions as a result; while 61 per cent thought there would be a higher number of breakdowns.
Head of roads policy at RAC Nicolas Lyes said: “[MOTs give] drivers peace of mind from an overall road safety point of view to know that every other vehicle on the road has undergone the same checks.”
Additionally, it might end up costing motorists more in the long-run if they do not have an annual MOT as their car faults could deteriorate more if left unnoticed.
Mr Lyes added the biggest risk to this proposed change is reduced road safety, either from more people driving with illegal tyre treads or a greater number of unroadworthy vehicles being driven.
Currently, cars require an MOT every year when they reach three years old, with the average cost for a vehicle that carries up to eight passengers being £54.85.
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