At the beginning of the pandemic, the government allowed a six-month extension to be placed on MOT tests to help people stay at home, as well as to combat the problems caused by garages being forced to close at the end of March 2020.
However, this extension is due to cause new issues for car owners. The Motor Ombudsman reports that it has seen a spike in the usage of its online Garage Finder tool, after the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency revealed that 1.3 million extra MOT tests were due in September and October compared with the same months of 2019.
The knock-on effect of this six-month extension has resulted in an estimated 22% increase in MOT tests over the next two months, with the DVSA’s records showing that 9.58 million drivers took advantage of the exemption introduced between 30 March and 31 July 2020.
Bill Fennell, Managing Director of the Motor Ombudsman, said:
“After a small uptick in the number of MOTs forecast to expire during August, there is a notable acceleration in the volume of MOT certificates due to come to an end in September and October.
“This means that it’s going to be an extremely busy period for MOT stations up and down the country during the next few weeks.”
To ensure you’re able to book your MOT test in plenty of time, we advise making an appointment as soon as you can – our handy booking form
makes this simple and quick. And in the meantime, there are plenty of
things you can action yourself to make sure your car passes with flying
colours. For example, check that all your lights are working, look at
the tread depth on your tyres, check for any wear on your wiper blades,
and make sure any fluid levels are normal.