DRIVERS have been urged to book their MOT as soon as possible or risk being hit with a £1,000 fine.
More than 12 million MOTs will run out between now and the end of the year.
The AA has told drivers to book their MOT as soon as possible[/caption]
Around three million MOTs are due each month until December 31, according to data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
Paul Evans, head of Co-op Motor Insurance, is urging vehicle owners to check their MOT and get it booked in “as soon as they can” if it’s due in the next three months.
He said: “Due to last year’s national lockdown, between March and July, cars, motorcycles and vans were given a six month extension to their MOT.
“Over twelve months on, we could see a huge glut of people rushing to get their car through testing and figures from the DVSA would support this, with almost a third of all the vehicles in the UK will see their MOT expire by New Year’s Eve.”
The AA previously warned of a “super September” as millions of motorists who delayed their check-up during lockdown start flocking to MOT centres.
Driving with an out of date MOT is illegal and can have severe consequences for vehicle owners, such as a fine or prosecution for driving an unroadworthy car.
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Motorists were given a six-month extension for MOTs that needed to be renewed between March 30, 2020, and July 31, 2020 due to lockdown restrictions.
According to the AA, 5.5million drivers legally delayed their MOT during the coronavirus lockdown.
As September is traditionally the month when most MOTs fall, the AA has told drivers to book their renewal as soon as possible.
Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, said; “MOT centres are already feeling the strain and with ‘Super September’ looming, savvy drivers can get ahead of the game.
“Don’t delay, book today. With a bookings up to 90 days in advance, all drivers can use AA Smart Care to find trusted local garages to keep their vehicle on the road.
“Usually people leave booking their MOT to the last possible moment, drivers won’t have that luxury this time.”
If you don’t know the status of your MOT, you can check on the government website to order to avoid a £1,000 fine.
If you are caught driving an unsafe vehicle, even if your MOT is still valid, you can be fined up to £2,500.
If you can’t take your vehicle for its MOT and your vehicle tax is due to run out, you can register it as off the road (SORN) on the GOV.UK website.
Drivers are forking out more than £8million a year from MOT failures that could have been fixed beforehand, according to GoCompare.
Ryan Fulthorpe, a motoring expert at the comparison website, said: “Our data shows that millions of MOT failures can be avoided by performing a series of basic checks before taking a vehicle to the garage.
“It takes as little as 10 minutes to examine a car for simple defects, such as faulty light bulbs and flat tyres.
“Yet, over 2.6 million vehicles fail their test due to these kinds of issues every year, and many owners end up having to pay for a retest as a result.”
It’s urging drivers to inspect their vehicle ahead of time, otherwise it could cost them around £48.
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