DVSA issues urgent MOT warning to UK drivers

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MOT extensions were put in place during the early part of the pandemic to help protect public health.

The extensions mean that more vehicles will now need an MOT in the autumn, more than 85,000 extra MOTs are expected in the five worst affected cities during October alone. 

Drivers should book their vehicles in early to ensure they get a slot with their usual garage, particularly as they return to the work commute and other regular journeys, like the school run.

DVSA analysis of past and present data showing which vehicles would need an MOT and when, reveals that the autumn surge in demand will be felt the most in certain cities across Britain. 

DVSA’s Head of MOT Policy, Chris Price says: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone keep their vehicle safe to drive. 

“While we’re sure everyone will be able get a test for their vehicle, slots will be harder to come by. 

“If you want to use your usual garage and guarantee a slot before your expiry date, you should give them a call now and get it booked in.” 

Cities with the highest MOT demand

These are ten cities expected to see the highest increase in MOT demand

  • Birimingham – 22,555 extra tests
  • Peterborough – 16,422 extra tests
  • Sheffield – 16,215 extra tests
  • Leicester – 15,861 extra tests
  • Glasgow – 14,556 extra tests
  • Nottingham – 13,794 extra tests
  • Reading – 13,533 extra tests
  • Newcastle – 12,633 extra tests
  • Bristol – 12,431 extra tests
  • Cardiff – 12,149 extra tests

An MOT can be carried out up to one calendar month (minus a day) prior to the expiry date of the existing MOT certificate, while still preserving the anniversary of the expiry date.

This means drivers can book in a bit early if needed. 

The DVSA is also reminding drivers that the law states vehicles need to be kept in a roadworthy condition all year, regardless of when the MOT is due.

This means if a vehicle is found to be unsafe at any time of the year, due to tyre wear or poor brakes for example, they could be fined or have points on their licence.