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Britain could match NI's MOT exemption

By Neil Lancefield

THE MOT procedure in Great Britain may be brought into line with Northern Ireland, with new cars allowed to stay on the roads without a test for four years.

The government has proposed extending the period before the safety check is required from three years, a move that would save GB motorists more than £100m, the Department for Transport (DfT) said.

The policy, which would also apply to motorcycles, could come into effect next year, subject to a public consultation.

It would bring Britain into line with Northern Ireland and many other European countries, including France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Denmark and Norway.

The AA said the change would generally be supported by drivers, although the backing would not be "overwhelming". In 1967 the MOT-free period was slashed from 10 to three years.

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