Why you need to book your MOT early this year

DRIVERS got a grace interval for his or her MOTs in 2020, however that is now over, inflicting a backlog of motorists needing one.

With the variety of drivers scheduling their MOTs on the rise, it is best to get your automobile checked as fast as you can.


MOTs are a necessary a part of holding your automobile protected on the roadsCredit: Getty

An MOT take a look at wants to be completed on each automobile, each year.

Failing to achieve this may lead to £1,000, and will trigger a hazard to different drivers on the highway.

An MOT determines whether or not your automobile is protected to drive on the roads and if it fails, your storage will advocate what to repair so it will probably go the subsequent MOT.

You can renew your MOT up to one month (minus a day) earlier than your MOT date.

For instance, if your MOT is due April 15, you can renew it from 16 March and nonetheless preserve the renewal date of April 15 for the next year.

If you need to renew your MOT any earlier, it’s potential however your renewal date for the next year will change to the brand new date.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government introduced a 4 month extension for MOTs which ran out between March 29 and July 31, 2020.

Drivers had been warned in late 2021 to get their MOTs booked as quickly as potential due to the extension.

There was a backlog of 12 million MOTs from September to December, 2021.

Chris Lunn, Category Manager at Halfords Autocentres mentioned: “Following the MOT extension introduced by the federal government on twenty ninth March 2020, we noticed a dramatic shift in MOT bookings all through 2021 as nearly 9 million motorists got a 6-month extension from their MOT expiry.

“This meant that there was unprecedented demand from September by December in 2020 and 2021.

“Whilst this is slowly returning back to pre-pandemic levels, January to March remains a really busy time of year with April to May being quieter.”

Many automobile garages count on the backlog to proceed into 2022, however not simply due to the 4 month grace interval.

Garages are battling staffing ranges simply to individuals being off unwell and having to isolate due to coronavirus infections.

Chris mentioned: “We’d at all times advocate clients plan forward when reserving their MOT.

“Around 70% of our clients book only one week forward of their appointment and this can lead to disappointment.

“Customers must also keep in mind that bookings will get busier from July, so it could be higher to book in a couple of weeks forward of the expiry.

“Remember, you can book your MOT a month minus a day earlier than the expiry date and nonetheless protect your renewal date.”

Being caught with out your MOT could lead to a police warning and informed to go get one as quickly as potential.

It’s at all times smart to preserve your automobile up to the MOT customary so you do not get an £1,000 advantageous.

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