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The cost of driving is coming down
8:50am Saturday 26th October 2013 in Local
DRIVING costs are being slashed - with MOTs capped at £54 until 2015 and new road signs being installed to alert motorists where the cheapest fuel is.
The Coalition Government has announced a raft of measures to bring down car costs in a bid to sway voters ahead of the next general election.
It includes freezing statutory MOT prices at £54.85, meaning independent garages cannot legally charge a higher rate for the test.
Next year a new trial will also take place where selected motorway routes get electronic signs comparing fuel prices at all the nearby forecourts like in France.
The Department for Transport has revealed that the M5 in Worcestershire is expected to be included for the signs, as long as the pilot is well received.
The MOT freeze means a planned increase of £4 has been scrapped, saving around £50 million nationwide.
From January a selection of motorways will be selected for new signs, listing all the upcoming garages and what they charge.
The Government says it intends to then roll out it out to the vast majority of routes across the country, including Worcestershire’s M5.
A spokesman from the Department for Transport said: “The pilot will be small scale, but the intention is to then put them up across the network so drivers can clearly identify where they want to stop.”
A crackdown on whiplash injury fraud is also part of the driver-friendly package.
Independent medical panels will be created across the regions which will be tasked probing suspected bogus compensation claims.
The panels will be expected to get advice from professionals and will have the power to make final rulings over claims from the public.
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