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60% of motorists oppose MOT rule change

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Three fifths of motorists oppose proposals that would see the UK move towards the European MOT system, which would delay a vehicle's first MOT by an extra year.

A new directive passed by the European Union would see the first road-worthiness test occur after four years, with additional checks being conducted every two years after this point, potentially increasing the risk for those buying three-year-old used cars.

Figures published by the Institute of Advanced Motorists have shown that only 29 per cent back a move away to less stringent safety tests.

It stated that 27 per cent of new vehicles fail their MOT by their third year on the road and warned that high levels of confidence in the UK's road-worthiness test could be weakened by the shift.

Earlier this month, advised motorists to make regular checks to determine their tyres continue to carry adequate tread.

It warned against a growing trend of British motorists buying part-worn tyres to save money, potentially putting themselves at risk.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801218523-ADNFCR

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