Are you driving without an MOT?
Survey reveals third of motorists have driven without MOT
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) surveyed one thousand motorists and found that a third of motorists have driven a car knowing it has no MOT. These findings are quite shocking as driving without an MOT risks fines of up to £1000 as well as invalidating your motor insurance.
Remembering the test date is the most common problem and many people may have driven their cars actually not knowing their MOT is out of date. Sometimes motorists don’t actually realise the MOT is out of date until you try to re-tax the car. Cars older than three years old require a valid MOT before they can be taxed.
Figures from the survey showed that 67% admitted driving for up to a week before the retest, 24% for up to a month, 7% for up to six months and 2% for more than six months. The research also suggests men are more likely to continue driving after their MOT has lapsed. Regional differences were also in the findings showing that the East Midlands topped the table for remembering to carry out a car’s MOT, with just 15% of motorists in the region saying they have driven a car without a valid MOT and at the opposite end of the table drivers in the South West most likely to drive without an MOT, with 41% admitting to forgetting. Young motorists are the worst at remembering the test date and the most diligent were 45-54 year olds.
To help motorists remember to have their car tested each year, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has teamed up with the Trading Standards-approved garage network, Motor Codes, to offer car owners a free MOT service reminder. Available at www.passmymot.co.uk , the service will send motorists a reminder every year before their car’s annual test of roadworthiness is due.
‘Minute of Two’ Scheme
Motorists may not be aware of the ‘Minute or Two’ scheme which is backed by every major car maker in the UK, with technicians at more than 5,500 manufacturer main dealerships committed to carry out a free 10-point pre-MOT visual inspection to help the vehicle avoid failing its test due to simple-to-fix issues. The full 'Minute Or Two’ includes checks of headlights, tyres, windscreen wipers and fluid levels.
Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive said "each year, a significant proportion of motorists forget their car's MOT, risking safety, fines and penalty points, main dealers are the best place to go to be sure of the most highly-trained technicians, using the parts manufacturers recommend along with the best diagnostic equipment. With more than 5,500 dealers across the UK carrying out free pre-MOT checks, along with an MOT reminder service run by Motor Codes, we are helping drivers to avoid basic MOT test fails by spotting simple-to-fix problems before the MOT lapses."