Number of motorists forgetting MOT test has tripled during lockdown, finds survey

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26th March 2021 14:51 - Automotive

Number of motorists forgetting MOT test has tripled during lockdown: A survey has found that the number of drivers who forgot to get their car booked in for its MOT by more than three weeks rose threefold in the last half of 2020.

The survey by Kwik Fit questioned 2,000 drivers, finding that motorists are becoming more likely to forget about renewing their MOT leaving them open to being fined and/or driving a car which may not be deemed safe. .

Due to the pandemic, steps were made by the government last year to offer MOT extensions, allowing motorists an additional six months to get their car checked in. 

According to the findings, one in 11 (9%) drivers booked their car in for its MOT three or more weeks after their existing certificate had expired, which is up from 3% in 2019.

Asked about penalties for failing to get an MOT certificate on time, more than a quarter of respondents (26%) said they would like to see authorities granted powers to impound a car if it is being taken out on the road without a valid certificate. For 14% of those polled, punishment in the form of a driving ban for at least six months for driving without a valid MOT was deemed appropriate.

Kwik Fit communications director Roger Griggs, said:

Unfortunately, we are also seeing a big increase in owners not getting their car tested until three or more weeks after it has become illegal to drive. This is especially dangerous at the moment as people will not have been driving their cars as much over the last year."

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