Drivers often dread the time of the year when their MOT is due, but despite this, the majority do not want the frequency to be extended to two years.
The government has proposed changing the safety test from every 12 months to 24 months and delaying the date vehicles need an MOT to four years, as opposed to three, to reduce costs for motorists.
According to the Department for Transport (DfT), this will save drivers £100 million collectively.
However, the AA revealed 77 per cent of drivers are against changing the MOT requirements. More than nine out of ten believe the test keeps dangerous vehicles off the road, as it reveals faults car owners were not aware of.
Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, said: “On safety grounds alone, it would be foolish to move away from an annual test and indeed moving the first MOT to four years as many cars show up with brake or tyre defects in that period.”
The AA revealed 27.88 per cent of cars and vans fail their MOT, demonstrating the need to keep the annual tests going.
RAC also believes extending the tests to every two years is a dangerous decision, with 98 per cent of drivers believing it would lead to more unsafe cars being used. One-fifth also thought the change would result in an increase in collisions.
Among the car faults that can show up on an MOT are lights not being in working order, poor tyre tread, low fluid levels, a horn that does not work, intact mirrors, and readable number plates.
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