posted 3 years ago

1.5 Million Motorists Unwittingly Driving Illegally

A staggering 1.5 million motorists in the UK are unwittingly, driving illegally as their vehicles have not got a valid MOT., has undertaken a survey of 20,000 motorists and the results have given dramatic figures. With this snapshot of the population, 1,663 motorists have not got a valid MOT for their vehicle. That means on average 5 per cent of all motorists in the UK do not have a valid MOT. 

Across the UK, this equates to 1.5 million cars – an average MOT costs £54.85 meaning the UK government is missing out around £3 million from the cost of selling one slot (£2.05) to a garage for an MOT inspection. This does not only mean that on average 1.5 million cars are potentially unfit for public roads, it also means that just as many insurance policies could be void.

Road Investment

Just to put that unaccounted-for £3 million into perspective, it would roughly cover 3.5% of the annual bill to mend pot-holes and road blemishes. Or, more specifically, the missing £3 million would be enough to correct 62,500 potholes this year, based on the average cost of repair which is roughly £48 per pothole.

In July, George Osborne unveiled his summer ‘emergency budget’, in which he stated that all money obtained from the revamped VED (road tax) system would go towards maintaining roads, rather than the ‘general pot’. He added that only 300 miles of motorway have been built in the last 25 years, compared to France’s 2,500.

This then begs the question; how much revenue have the government missed out on over the last quarter of a century?

Read the full summer emergency budget, and what it means for motorists here.


It is a worrying sign that so many vehicles have not got a valid MOT, however, this could all be solved by simply registering your vehicle on – we aim to arm you with the tools to make your car-owning experience a much more enjoyable one, a place where you can manage all things motoring, in one place.

Terry Hogan, Co-Founder and Director said, “Our survey has revealed astounding figures surrounding the MOT inspection. But we are here to lend a helping hand to busy motorists. Our MyMotoring hub allows users to log their car details and sends out timely reminders when their MOT or road tax is due.

“The revamped site means everything is in the one place – the journey is a lot better making the user experience easier for those engaged in the new car market. has been helping millions of motorists choose better for over eight years and our selection of tools gives much more depth to the website. It really is a one-stop shop for motorists.”

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