Could You Be Among The 28% Of Drivers At Risk Of A £1,000 Fine?

The simple MOT mistake that could cost you £1,000

New figures are showing that more than a quarter of the cars on the road of Britain are overdue vital road safety checks. According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) around 28% of vehicles are late for their MOT. Around 2/3 of those vehicles are at least a week overdue schedule. Around 3/4 of the motorists that booked their test late confessed to forgetting when their test was due.

However, a free MOT reminder service has been created to help you out. This will come in handy if you keep finding yourself losing track of when your next MOT is due as it’ll enable drivers to receive a text or email 4 weeks before their car is due it’s test.

If a motorist is found to be driving without a valid MOT certificate then they could face of £1,00o. Transport Minister Baroness Sugg understood that it’s “easy to overlook” booking your MOT test but did press that the test plays a big part in “making sure the vehicles on our roads are safe.” She also agreed that “Getting a text or email will serve as a useful prompt to make sure people get their vehicle checked in time.”

What are the rules?

If you own a new vehicle then it must undergo an MOT test on the third anniversary of the registration. If the car is over 3 years old, then it must have the test every 12 months.

Last year, due to a vehicle defect, 28 people were killed, and 413 people were seriously injured in a car accident in Britain. To avoid this number from rising, DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn advised motorists to “check your vehicle all year round.”

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