DVSA encouraging motorists to beat post-exemption rush and get MOT this summer

Published:  05 August, 2020

MOT demand during autumn expected to double following the return of normal testing last Saturday (1 August). To avoid a backlog at garages and take advantage of a summer lull at testing stations, the DVSA is encouraging motorists who took advantage of the MOT exemption to get their car tested as soon as possible.

The DVSA’s projections, based on due dates and vehicle MOT expiry dates, show that demand for MOTs will be at around 3.4 million in September, 4.8 million in October and November and 4.2 million in December. This demand is predicted to be around double the normal volumes, approximately 2.5 million per month.

By contrast, August demand is predicted to be just over 2 million MOTs, which is lower than usual.

Motorists who want to keep their MOT date can book a test up to a month, minus a day, before it is due and still retain their original date. DVSA is encouraging customers to consider whether they could bring their MOT forward in this way to help manage demand.

DVSA Head of MOT Policy Chris Price said: “MOT exemptions were issued to allow people to continue to use their vehicles for essential travel during the pandemic. The MOT is an important test to ensure a vehicle remains safe and roadworthy.

“We know that garages are likely to be very busy this autumn with double the usual demand. We are encouraging motorists to consider bringing their MOT forward to help beat the rush.”

SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes added: “Garages are ready to ensure millions of vehicles on UK roads remain safe and provide peace of mind to owners. Deferred tests have created increased demand this autumn so owners are strongly encouraged to get their vehicle’s test done as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

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