Today’s announcement that the Government plans to freeze MoT test prices has been criticised by the Retail Motor Industry Federation.
Earlier today, the Ministry of Justice announced that the statutory maximum price of the MoT test for a car will be frozen at £54.85 until 2015 – potentially saving up to £50m for drivers every year.
In response, the RMI says it recently met with the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, to discuss the pricing of MoTs with the focus being on increasing the MoT fee.
It said there is a genuine desire for garages to invest in technology, recruit apprentices for the future and provide a higher quality service to the consumer. A small increase in the fee would support all of these aspirations.
Stuart James, RMI director and head of the Independent Garage Association, said: "Whilst the RMI acknowledges the Government’s efforts to support the motorist it is outraged that it has failed to recognise the spiralling costs incurred by garages. The last official review of the MoT test price was in 2010. However in the last three years the cost of running a garage has snowballed.
"As the majority of MoT test stations are small to medium sized businesses this price freeze could result in these already struggling businesses being forced out of the market. This will profoundly damage the industry and stifle the economy just as it begins to recover."