MOT in Banwell, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

More than one in three drivers don’t have a valid MOT test

Motorists are unintentionally breaking the law by forgetting to MOT their vehicles following road tax changes

The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) have raised worries about the MOT and have stated that they are to assess the impact of the government’s recent changes to road tax on the annual MOT test in a new survey.

The concern has been raised following the abolition of the paper tax disk and the introduction of monthly electronic payments to pay road tax.

The RMI has said they will lobby parliament on the grounds of road safety if the survey results match their current concerns.

Research has revealed that a third of motorists have confessed to driving a car without a valid MOT test, commentators believe this figure is likely to have increased due to the road tax changes.

RMI director, Stuart James said: “The yearly MOT test is critical to road safety, and the government hasn’t thought about this implication when introducing the new road tax system.

“By undertaking a survey we can see if any harm has already been done, and lobby to prevent further unsafe vehicles on the road.”

Although a road tax reminder is delivered to those who pay annually, no such reminders are sent to people who pay monthly.

Motorists driving without a valid MOT can be fined up to £1,000 and if the car hasn’t been examined it could be a danger to the life of its driver and passengers.

AMS operate an electronic reminder system to ensure you are notified when your MOT is due. Contact us today to book your vehicle in for its MOT.