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Annual MOT could be scrapped in bid to ease cost of living crisis

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Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has suggested relaxing the frequency of MOTs to every two years, rather than one.

The suggestion came after Boris Johnson instructed ministers to suggest policies to ease the cost of living crisis.

The Prime Minister used a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday to brainstorm ideas with his ministers, producing a raft of blue sky proposals that will now be considered by a cost of living committee that he will chair.

One source who attended the Cabinet meeting told The Telegraph: “If we moved from an annual check to a check every two years, that is halving the cost of MOT renewal.

“That is a bread and butter policy that shows that the Conservatives are on your side.”

A reduction the the frequency of MOT tests has been heavily criticised by industry expert.

A spokesman for AA said: “Though well intended, moving the yearly £55 spend on an MOT to every two years could make costs worse for drivers with higher repair bills, make our roads more dangerous and would put jobs in the garage industry at risk.

“Only recently the Government stepped away from switching the MOT to every two years on the grounds of road safety, while AA polling shows overwhelming support from drivers who like the security that an annual health check provides.

“The MOT now highlights major and dangerous defects too, showing how important it is to keep cars in a safe condition.”

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