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Call for decision on MoT tests

The Automotive Aftermarket Liaison Group is the latest to lambast the Department for Transport over the delay of its MoT consultation.

Brian Spratt, secretary to the AALG and chief executive of the Automotive Distribution Federation, has sent a letter to Ruth Kelly, secretary of state for transport, asking her to publish the report or announce “total abandonment of any move to change the frequency of vehicle testing”.

The DfT has been investigating whether to delay the first MoT test until vehicles are four years old, then test them every two years, rather than the current system of a third year start and then every year after. The report is nearly a year late.

The AALG said: “It means that individuals and companies in the motor trade remain unsure of the basis upon which they may wish to make investment decisions.

The DfT told AM: “There has been a delay with the consultation but, given the potential serious implications for road safety, it is important we get the decision right.”

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