MOT test data reveals recovery

MOT test data reveals recovery has obtained MOT test data from the DVSA, which shows MOT test numbers made a strong recovery between April and June of this year.

Following the disruption caused by last year’s MOT extension, the data reveals 45% more MOTs took place in Q2 2021 than in Q2 2020. Although a notable improvement on last year, test numbers were still down 32% compared to Q2 2019.

The six-month extension saw a huge decline in MOT test numbers between April and June last year, but a large increase occurred between September and December, as MOTs eligible for the extension took place later in the year.

The remainder of 2021 is reportedly expected to be busy again for the aftersales sector, but to a lesser extent as the same period in 2020.

Karen Rotberg, Co-Founder of, commented: “While MOT test numbers between April and June are still some way off 2019 levels, it’s interesting to see numbers have recovered by almost half, or some 1.7 million tests.

“That means approximately half of the 3.4 million additional MOT tests that took place between September and December last year have already been conducted. So, while this autumn and winter will still be busier than normal for garages, we don’t expect it to be quite to the same extent as last year.

“We knew the six-month MOT extension would have an impact lasting several years, but this data shows that in the first year alone, MOT numbers have already rebalanced somewhat.”

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