Motoring experts warn proposed MOT test changes could cause danger to roads

The AA warned cars could become "death traps on wheels" if MOT tests turn into a requirement every two years.

Currently, drivers must put their vehicle through an MOT test every year to check for any issues in the car.

But under new plans, it could become every two years, and three to four years for a new car needing its first MOT.

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The test itself could also change as it might focus on emissions and electric and hybrid car batteries.

A consultation into the proposal, which could cover cars, vans and motorbikes, launched on Wednesday.

The Department for Transport (DfT) launched a public consultation on the future of MOTs in Great Britain.

But motoring experts shared their concerns as it could cause danger on the roads.

MOT tests are a safety check which looks at parts of the car, including lights, seatbelts, tyres and brakes.

Drivers who don't have a valid certificate could be slapped with fines of up to £1,000.

Edmund King, AA president, said: "If you move the MOT from every year to two years it means you would have an increase of death traps on wheels on the road because there would be no independent check on those cars.

"And within two years, a driver doing 30,000 miles a year, it is very easy to have bald tyres and no brakes, and that's why the MOT is good."

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Meanwhile Eric Smith, MOT scheme manager at Kwik Fit, added: "We don't believe there is good evidence to indicate that delaying a car's first test beyond three years is a risk worth taking.

"In fact, the Government's own forecasts show that delaying tests could lead to an increase in road casualties as well as a risk of more cars running with illegal emission levels.

"Of the vehicle defects listed as contributory factors to accidents, the Government data show that tyres are most common, and tyre condition is unrelated to vehicle age.

"Our experience shows that the annual check remains vital in not only improving the safety of our customers but also extending the life of their vehicles and reducing drivers' overall maintenance costs."

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The DfT said the annual MOT test is no longer needed due to advances in vehicle technology and says it'll collectively save drivers around £100million.

Daily Star contacted the Department for Transport for further comment.

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