More than a quar­ter of ve­hi­cles late for MOT

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS -

MORE than a quar­ter of Bri­tain’s cars are over­due vi­tal road safety checks, new fig­ures show.

Some 28 per cent of ve­hi­cles are late for their MOT and two-thirds of those are at least a week be­hind sched­ule, ac­cord­ing to the Driver and Ve­hi­cle Stan­dards Agency.

The agency has launched a free Get MOT Re­minders ser­vice en­abling driv­ers to re­ceive a text mes­sage or email four weeks be­fore their car’s MOT is due.

Mo­torists can be fined up to £1,000 if they are caught driv­ing a car with­out a valid MOT cer­tifi­cate. The test costs a max­i­mum of £54.85.

Trans­port min­is­ter Baroness Sugg ac­cepted that book­ing an MOT is “easy to over­look” but in­sisted they play an im­por­tant role in “mak­ing sure the ve­hi­cles on our roads are safe and meet­ing high en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards”.

She added: “Get­ting a text or email will serve as a use­ful prompt to make sure peo­ple get their ve­hi­cle checked in time.”

New ve­hi­cles must un­dergo the test on the third an­niver­sary of their reg­is­tra­tion and ev­ery 12 months if they are over three years old.

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