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HOT TOPICS It is an understatement to say that we are delighted that these plans have now been scrapped, which comes as a result of all the hard efforts of IAAF as well as the whole of the industry. From the outset, we’ve vigorously fought these proposals, which threatened not just the aftermarket but more crucially, motorists’ safety. Wendy Williamson, IAAF chief executive.

This is a great victory for both independent garages and the IGA, after lobbying on behalf of our members with the ProMOTe campaign to maintain the three-year MOT period. Stuart James, Independent Garage Association director.

We applaud the Minister’s decision to put road safety first. As we highlighted in our consultation to the government around 17 per cent of cars fail their first MOT on their initial attempt, so extending a car’s first MOT to four years could have resulted in an extra 410,000 unsafe cars on the roads and risk higher accident rates. Martin Gray, CEO at Euro Car Parts.

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