MOT renewal failure can cost £1,000

MOT renewal failure can cost £1,000

Ignorance of MOT expiry dates could land thousands of drivers a £1,000 fine, a new survey warns.

The study was undertaken by MOTA, an independent booking provider of servicing and MOTs. The group revealed that MOTs had run out for 43% of the customers making enquiries, while a further 15% didn't know when their next MOT was due.

Drivers on the road without a valid MOT certificate could not only be fined £1,000 by police, but also discover insurers might not pay out if an accident occurs.

The disadvantages of leaving MOT test bookings until late were outlined by MOTA founder Matthew Tumbridge.

For a start, you are left with very little opportunity to shop around for repairs, he said.

He reminds road users that hiring a car or calling for a taxi can prove expensive, and if your MOT runs out you are in the hands of the garage your car is at, which could unfairly push up the bill.

Copyright Press Association 2014