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Planned MOT changes will affect road traffic accident cases

The Government is planning to relax the current MOT system despite fears that this could lead to an increase in road traffic accident compensation claim cases.

The new system will mean that cars which are less than 10 years old will only have to have an MOT test every other year and new cars would not have to be tested until they were four years old.

The proposal to relax the rules was first suggested three years ago with the aim to ease the financial burden on motorists during a time of soaring petrol prices.

However, there are fears that these new changes will result in an increase in car accidents and injuries on the roads.

The Transport Research Laboratory has estimated that 3% of road accidents are caused by vehicle flaws while other motoring groups have predicted that the MOT changes will cause an additional 55 deaths on British roads every year.

Despite concerns the Department for Transport claim that ministers are still intent on implementing the new MOT system.

The AA are also opposed to the new Government plans, estimating that there would be an increase of 6,000 additional road traffic related personal injuries, and as a result there would be a rise in road traffic accident compensation claims.



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