91 per cent of independent garages report an rise in the number of customers bringing in cars with an expired MOT
Drivers can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a car without a valid MOT.
Over 90 per cent of garages have reported an increase in the number of customers bringing in cars that have an expired MOT, figures show in a new report from the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) and Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA).
The increase has followed the Government’s changes to road tax in 2014, when the system was digitalised and the paper tax disc was scrapped.
Now that the system has been computerised customers who pay for their road tax monthly receive no reminders that their tax is due, and therefore run the risk of forgetting to MOT their car.
Stuart James, RMI Director said: “In the short time since the road tax changes were introduced, the percentage of drivers that are unaware when their car’s MOT has expired has increased significantly.
“Consequently, motorists who wouldn’t normally dream of breaking the law are unwittingly becoming criminals.”
It means that drivers could unknowingly be driving their car without a valid MOT, posing a danger on the road to themselves, passengers, other drivers and pedestrians.
Drivers can also be penalised with a fine of up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.
The survey reports that 43.8 per cent of the trade had noted a significant increase in MOTs where the car is out of test since the road tax changes came in, and 91.2 per cent overall had seen an increase of some kind.
Many of the statements from garage owners say that an MOT reminder service is something their business has had to offer to customers themselves, but they feel it should be the Government’s responsibility.
Sandy Burgess, SMTA Chief Executive said: “In view of our results, we strongly suggest that the Government introduce an official reminder service that reminds motorists when their vehicle’s MOT is due.
“This will prevent confusion from consumers and ensure more aren’t unwittingly becoming criminals, and it will also take the pressure away from independent garages to remind their customers of their MOT renewal date.
“Most importantly, it will increase road safety in the UK.”
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