Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has urged motorists to sign up for a free MOT reminder to stay safe and legal on the roads as millions of vehicles have a new date this year.
Almost 10 million vehicles got an exemption in 2020 during the pandemic, meaning motorists across the country will now have a different expiry date.
DVSA’s MOT reminder service sends vehicle owners an email or text reminder before their MOT is due – making it easy to remember the new date.
In August 2020, as the MOT exemptions ended, 15% of vehicles were reportedly late for their MOT. By December 2020, this figure had increased to just over 28%.
DVSA’s Head of MOT Policy, Chris Price, said: “Between 30 March and the end of July last year almost 10 million MOT exemptions were issued to help motorists during the first lockdown.
“We know lots of vehicle owners are unsure about when their test is this year. So our free MOT reminder service offers peace of mind they won’t miss their test date.
“We’re committed to helping people to keep their vehicles safe to drive. Signing up for an MOT reminder is a quick and easy way for motorists to do this.”