Millions of motorists are being urged to book MOT’s as the pressure of the COVID backlog starts to mount on mechanics.
The car leasing experts at LeaseCar.co.uk are encouraging drivers to book their MOT’s in as soon as possible to ease the strain on garages.
The DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) granted a six-month extension for MOT’s at the start of the pandemic which has led to experts predicting an intense surge in bookings this autumn.
This extension will change what was generally an even spread of MOT’s across the year, to a high concentration in the latter months of 2021.
The surge in demand is expected to come not from those who took advantage of the extension but for those who have a MOT due in October, November, and December.
As a result, drivers will need to book their vehicles in order to remain road legal and road safe ahead of the change in season.
A spokesperson for LeaseCar.co.uk said: “Over the last 18 months garages have felt the pressure from the sheer volume of work that they are receiving.
“We’re encouraging those who haven’t already to book their MOT’s in good time, as to avoid the last minute rush and relieve the pressure on mechanics.
“Not only this but as we move into the autumn and winter period it’s important that our vehicles are safe for the roads especially as the conditions begin to change.
“They are simply overrun; there is no other way to put it.”
Concerns not only surround the road safety and legality of British motorists but also the mental and physical strain on the country’s mechanics. Experts are reminding drivers to show compassion towards the automotive workforce ahead of an extremely busy period.
MOT’s must be renewed every 12 months unless your vehicle is less than three years old, in which case an MOT must be carried out on its third anniversary.
The fine for driving without a valid MOT certificate can be anywhere up to £2,500 and in some cases three points on your license.
According to GOV.uk the maximum charge for a car MOT is £54.85 and £29.65 for a motorcycle.