More than a quarter of vehicles late for MOT
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.