Brits av­er­age 37 days on road with no MOT

Own­ers blame for­get­ful­ness for fail­ing to re­new cer­tifi­cate

Auto Express - - Inbox - Joe Fin­nerty

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.”

Shock fig­ures show mil­lions have driven for over a month after MOT has ex­pired

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