Motorists in the UK are urged to sign up for a MOT reminder service after millions changed their test due dates due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) points out that Tuesday 12 months had passed since the first TÜV exemptions were issued when the Covid-19 crisis broke out.
From March 30th to the end of July last year, all cars, vans and motorcycles in the UK were able to be exempt from MOT for a period of six months as the lockdown measures restricted movement.
The DVSA said nearly 10 million vehicles received an exemption in 2020 and motorists will have a different MOT expiration date this year.
The agency said their free reminder service can email or text vehicle owners a month before the MOT due date so they can remember to arrange a test.
When the exemptions for MOTs ended last August, 15% of vehicles were delayed for their MOT, the DVSA said, but by December that figure had risen to just over 28%.
Chris Price, Director of TÜV Policy at DVSA, said: “We know that many vehicle owners are unsure when their test will take place this year. Our free TÜV reminder service gives you the certainty that you will not miss your test date.
“We’re committed to helping people drive their vehicles safely. Registering for a MOT reminder is a quick and easy way for drivers to do so.”
Vehicles must have a MOT on the third anniversary of their registration and then every 12 months if they are older than three years.
A number of vehicle parts are checked during an MOT to ensure that they meet legal standards.
Motorists can be fined up to £ 1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.
The DVSA said there are other ways drivers could be affected this year.
It has been warned that motorists may not have received a TUV certificate confirming their new test date because garages will not print them during the pandemic unless necessary.
Other motorists may have bought another vehicle that has an exemption, or some could have taken their vehicle off the road, the DVSA said.
To register for the MOT reminder, drivers should visit www.gov.uk/mot-reminder, where they must provide their vehicle registration number and an email address or phone number.
The service, which was launched in 2018, had more than three million cumulative registrations, according to DVSA.