From this date an MoT for a car will cost a maximum of £50.35. The fee is a maximum charge. The fee is not expected to go up again until April 2008 at the earliest.
The increase announced today follows consultation, which was announced in July.
Transport Minister Dr Stephen Ladyman said: "Evidence shows the average test now takes 58 minutes, and this increase reflects that additional length of time. I am sure that some MoT testing stations will continue to offer tests for less than the maximum fee, as many motorists shop around for the best deal in their area and savings of 10% and even 20% on the current price are already widely available on the high street."
The increase in fees will go to the garages to cover the costs of their time, with a small amount - 27p - going to cover the costs of running the system.
Motorbikes with a side car and 3-wheeled vehicles: £34.65
Cars, motor caravans, dual purpose vehicles, PSVs (up to eight seats), goods vehicles (up to three tonnes), ambulances and taxis: £50.35
Minibuses (9-12 passenger seats): £52.60
Minibuses (9-12 passenger seats) including a seat belt installation check: £58.75