Is your car one of the unsafe ones?

01 October 2020 / Motasoft Administrator

MOT Update: There are potentially over 1 million dangerous cars are on the roads.

Is your car one of the unsafe ones?

Since the coronavirus lock-down came in, a 6-month automatic MOT extension has been applied to all cars with an MOT due after 30th March (until 1st August 2020). This has been to help those isolating and was put in place to reduce unnecessary travel.

The Negative Side

As lock-down measures begin to ease, roads are getting busier. As more people get moving again, the cars back on the roads include those with the automatic 6-month MOT extension. Considering the volume of MOT test and the failure rates from April 2019 and taking into account the number of MOTs that have been carried out in April this year, the statistics suggest that there could be over 1 million potentially unsafe cars on the UK roads that would fail an MOT if taken today.

Analysis of data from the DVSA, carried out by, shows that despite the automatic extension, almost 750,000 MOTs have took place in April this year. That number is only around 20% of the 3.5 million carried out in April last year but it shows that, despite the automatic extension, people are still having their car tested to ensure safety and for their own peace of mind.

MOTs are Available

Savvy drivers are still having MOTs carried out to ensure their vehicle is safe. While you can’t do anything about other cars that have had an automatic 6-month MOT renewal, you can ensure that yours is safe by and ensuring it is well maintained and having an MOT carried out as usual. It might not be a legal requirement, but you will have the peace of mind knowing that your car is safe to drive. We are still offering MOTs and a full range of servicing.

We are still carrying out MOTs and you can book yours online now.


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