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A recent study of 1,000 motorists has revealed that 67 per cent motorists have admitted to driving for up to one week without a valid MOT certificate with 24 per cent admitting to one month and 7 per cent for as long as 6 months.
The study went on to reveal that men are more likely than women to drive without a valid MOT and the South West is the common region where motorists have been known to drive without an MOT, with drivers in the East Midlands being the least likely to remember.
More than 5,500 UK manufacturer dealers included Trusted Dealers will perform a free 10-point visual inspection before the MOT to help vehicles to avoid failure because of simple-to-fix issues.
Any motorist who chooses to drive without a valid MOT can face fines of up to £1,000 as well as potentially invalidating their driving insurance policy which in itself is a driving offence carrying between 6 to 8 penalty points. Cars which are older than three years also require a valid MOT to be taxed and drivers can receive further fines for driving an untaxed car.
At Trusted Dealers we’re keen for all of our customers to receive the best possible service they can which is why we encourage our buyers to tell us the date of their last MOT to receive a free reminder for life. In this way we can remind our trusted customers every year of the date of their next MOT and not only make sure they get the test done on time but it is also carried out by one of our approved mechanics.
The SMMT’s research was conducted as part of the industry’s ‘Minute or Two’ initiative which encourages motorists to carry out 10 simple visual checks to their car before taking it in for a test. It is hoped that motorists who make these simple checks will help to reduce MOT failure rates and it is subsequently backed by every major carmaker in the UK
“Each year, a significant proportion of motorists forget their car’s MOT, risking safety, fines and penalty points,” said Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive. “Manufacturer 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, we are helping drivers to avoid basic MOT test fails by spotting simple-to-fix problems before the MOT lapses.”
Commenting on behalf of the national Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), Sue Robinson, NFDA Director said, “The statistics show that a number of motorists are driving vehicles without a valid MOT, which could result in genuine safety risks to them and other road users.
“For the motorist, a visit to their local franchised dealer will ensure the highest standard of customer care, in-depth training and knowledge of the vehicle and that their car meets all safety and legal requirements.”