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Council's MOT test centre to close to public

Published Wednesday, 01 August 2012

Service is ceasing due to cuts

Enfield Council has been forced to close its MOT service to the public as part of a project aiming to save £200,000 in its Waste, Parks and Passenger Transport service.

The service buys and maintains vehicles for Enfield Council's fleet which includes refuse, recycling and passenger transport vehicles but has been forced to reduce costs because of unprecedented government spending cuts which mean the borough needs to save £69 million between 2010/11 and 2014/15.

In addition to driver training to reduce fuel use, new contracts for buying parts and tyres and securing tax rebates on the fuel used by the Council's Passenger Transport Service, the authority also needs to close the MoT service, which currently makes a loss, to the public.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "Year on year we have to save significant sums of money because of unprecedented levels of government spending cuts while protecting the vital front line services our residents rely on and deserve such as transportation for disabled people.

"We know the MoT service is valued by residents but the reality is we cannot continue to offer a service to the public that makes a significant loss each year because retaining it puts extra pressure on other service areas.

"The reality is that we don't want to stop offering this service, but we have no choice but to do so because of the huge savings we have to make at the moment."

The MOT Service will cease from the 28th September 2012.


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