MOT test change could mean millions of drivers risk hefty £1k fine next month

Drivers in the UK are being warned to check the due date on their next MOT.

Motorists could risk a hefty £1,000 fine if they're caught driving with a vehicle that doesn't have a valid certificate.

It comes after the government introduced an MOT exemption at the start of the coronavirus outbreak in March 2020.

Cars, motorcycles and light vans due an MOT between March 30 and July 31, 2020, were given a six-month extension.

Meanwhile drivers in Northern Ireland were given a 12-month extension.

Around 20% of 14,688 motorists surveyed by the AA took advantage of the policy, meaning millions of cars had a delayed MOT.

Many Brits would have had their vehicles tested in September 2020, meaning they must book another test for next month.

However, they will be competing for slots with drivers who own cars bought in September 2018 which will be due their first MOT.

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for AA, said: "With more than 5.5 million cars deferring an MOT it is crucial that they are tested to ensure they are safe to use.

"MOT centres are already feeling the strain and with 'Super September' looming, savvy drivers can get ahead of the game. Don't delay, book today.

"Usually people leave booking their MOT to the last possible moment. Drivers won't have that luxury this time."

If a driver is caught on the road without a valid MOT they could be fined up to £1,000.

Vehicles must have an MOT on the third anniversary of their registration and then every 12 months.

Parts like lights, seatbelts, tyres and breaks are checked to ensure they're safe and meet legal standards on the road.

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