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Govt plans review of MoT standards

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The government is planning a review of the MoT test, to bring standards for drivers of new and used cars in line with those experienced in Europe.

Proposals include testing every two years as opposed to annually, as well as not testing until the fourth year of ownership.

Reacting to the news, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has welcomed the Department for Transport's decision to review the MoT system, although it warns that the reasons for the high failure rate in the UK needs to be examined before changes are made.

"With MoT failure rates of around 21 per cent for three-year-old cars it is essential that the underlying reasons for so many relatively new cars failing are investigated," Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research.

The IAM recently called for support for its Lighter Later proposal, which would see the UK switch to a time zone that kept evenings lighter for longer.

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