Thousands and thousands of motorists are racing to e-book their MOT exams as garages face a six-month backlog from the Coronavirus lockdown.
Practically 12 million drivers had been eligible for the MOT vacation launched in March, with almost two in 5 (37%) making use of the six-month extension.
Nevertheless, there at the moment are an estimated 4 million automobiles in want of an MOT earlier than the top of the yr – and garages are battling to suit these in on prime of the almost 9 million exams initially due within the subsequent three months.
In line with new analysis from Confused.com, an extra a million extra drivers are resulting from take their automotive for an MOT in October alone, on prime of the three.6 million exams already due this month.
Motorists who don’t e-book forward might danger letting their MOT certificates turn into invalid if they will’t discover a slot rapidly sufficient. Driving with out a legitimate MOT carries a penalty of as much as £1,000 and will invalidate a automotive insurance coverage coverage.
“The MOT vacation was a good way to assist drivers hold their automotive on the street throughout lockdown, with out the chance of invalidating their insurance coverage,” stated Alex Kindred, automotive insurance coverage professional at Confused.com.
“Nevertheless, with so many individuals making use of the vacation, there shall be plenty of strain on garages now to maintain up with the exams. Be sure to’re reserving with loads of time so that you don’t danger driving with out a legitimate MOT.
“Finishing up a couple of checks on the automotive will improve your probability of passing with none points. Should you’re confused about how you are able to do this, we’ve created a guidelines to retaining your automotive roadworthy.”