Brits average 37 days on road with no MOT
Owners blame forgetfulness for failing to renew certificate
MILLIONS of motorists have admitted to driving illegally for more than a month by not getting a fresh MOT for their cars.
Research by Kwik Fit found an estimated four million drivers had not got their vehicle Mot’d before the previous one expired, with the average delay standing at 37 days. And while a third of motorists said it took them just three days, four per cent drove for more than 10 months before getting a new MOT.
Cumulatively, British motorists have spent more than 422,200 years on the road without an MOT. Londoners were the most lax towards renewing the certificate of roadworthiness, while those in the South West were found to be quickest to spot their mistake.
Nearly half a million cars are expected to require their first MOT this month, because March 2014 recorded the highest number of new car sales for that year, at 464,824.
Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, said: “Our research showed drivers give many different reasons for not getting their car Mot’d, but the most common excuse seems to just be forgetfulness.
“The most worrying are those who knew their car would fail the test and so drove it until they got it fixed. But there are also those who felt that their car was safe, and didn’t need the MOT to prove it.”