Ministers are considering reducing the frequency of MOT tests, which would reduce costs for motorists

The Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, has ordered a review of the test to ensure it reflects the requirements of modern vehicle technology and manufacturing. A consultation will examine whether the first MOT test can be pushed back from three to four years, and the second test after another two years. The move comes amid rising anger over the costs of running a car and soaring petrol prices.

The MOT regime remains largely unchanged since 1967, despite huge developments in car safety and technology. A three-year-old car today should have no difficulty passing the MOT test, officials say.

Research commissioned by the Department for Transport suggests that moving the first test back one year would result in two additional deaths.

The changes will be discussed with motoring groups, UK road safety organisations and the MOT trade.

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