Drivers advised to book MOT tests early to avoid long delays

12 Posted: 12th Sep 2021
Drivers advised to book MOT tests early to avoid long delays

The MOT extension granted during the UK's first national Covid-19 lockdown has dramatically increased the number of vehicles that must pass the test in the coming months...

  • Drivers with cars due an MOT test in the next few months are being urged to book as soon as possible to avoid being caught out by a surge in demand.

    According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), nearly seven million MOTs are due to expire across England, Scotland and Wales during September and October – 1.3 million more than during the same two months of 2019.

    The AA’s head of roads policy, Jack Cousens, said: “MOT centres are already feeling the strain and with ‘Super September’ looming, savvy drivers should get ahead of the game. Usually people leave booking their MOT to the last possible moment, but they won’t have that luxury this time.”

    The AA estimates around 5.5 million cars took up the offer to postpone their vehicle checks.

    It now means that many drivers who renewed their certificate six months on from March and April last year, as the country came out of lockdown and schools reopened, now face the same deadline a year on.

    Drivers face fines of up to £1,000 for hitting the road without a MOT. Vehicles must have a MOT test on the third anniversary of their registration, and then every 12 months.

    An MOT test involves the inspection of several areas of a vehicle to ensure they meet legal standards, including the brakes, lights, fuel system, mirrors, wipers and seatbelts.

    The test costs a maximum of £54.85 for an average car, but at The Co you can save up to half price that price.

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