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Motoring law: UK ministers claim new policies will cut cost of driving

The Coalition Government has announced a range of measures designed to cut the cost of motoring, which has soared in recent years due to increases in the cost of petrol and taxes, reports The Independent.

The Government is planning to freeze the standard charge for an MOT in the UK, currently £54.85 for any car with up to eight seats, and also introduce new measures designed to cut the cost of petrol at motorway service stations.

The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has also announced plans to introduce new laws to deal with bogus whiplash claims, something that he claims will eventually result in lower insurance premiums for motorists.

It is understood that the Government will install new signposts along motorways to allow consumers to compare the price of fuel between different service stations. The move is designed to address findings by the Office of Fair Trading that revealed that petrol costs around 7.5p per litre more on motorways.

Whiplash claims are now to be assessed by panels of independent medical experts, instead of GPs and doctors employed by a claimant's insurance company.

It is hoped the new system will result in more impartiality in the medical assessment, leading to lower value claims.

"It's not right that people who cheat the insurance system get away with it while forcing up the price for everyone else," said Mr Grayling.

"We are now going after whiplash fraudsters and will keep on driving premiums down," he added.

The Government is also calling on councils to publish data on the amount of money raised from parking charges and to explain to the public where that money is spent.