Young Drivers ‘Putting Off’ MOTs

Don’t underestimate the importance of having your MOT done by Uxbridge garage Courtwoods – not only is it a legal requirement to have one done each year if your car is over three years old, but you’ll know that your car is safe to drive.

But new research from Co-op Insurance has just revealed that 39 per cent of young drivers are putting off having these tests carried out, even though cars and vans more than three years old must be examined every 12 months.

It’s up to the owner of the vehicle in question to arrange to have the test done, but nine per cent of young motorists seem to think that MOTs are unimportant, while 24 per cent say they think they’re fairly important.

Of those who said they would put their MOT off, 37 per cent said they did so because they worry about the potential repair costs. In addition, 36 per cent would put off or have put off an MOT because of the cost of the service, while 26 per cent said they’d avoid having the MOT if they thought their car wouldn’t pass.

Head of motor insurance at the Co-op Nick Ansley said: “It’s concerning that so many young drivers on the roads have or would put off an MOT.  Servicing a vehicle should be a priority for motorists to ensure their car is safe both for them and fellow drivers on the roads.

“With the new changes to the MOT, which can include free updates to advise motorists when their service is due, more motorists will actively take their car, on time, for a service.”

You can sign up for a free MOT reminder by email or text message four weeks before your MOT is actually due – and since you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a car or van without a valid MOT in place, it might be a good idea to make use of this service.

If your MOT has run out, you can’t drive your vehicle on the road and you can be prosecuted if you’re caught. You are able to drive it, however, if you’re going to or from somewhere for repairs or if you’re on your way to a pre-arranged MOT test.

MOT test stations can charge maximums of £54.85 for a car and £29.65 for a standard motorcycle. Once the test has been carried out, the vehicle will either pass or fail. If it’s a fail, you’ll be given a list of problems that will need to be sorted out. Should the car pass, you’ll be given an MOT certificate and the result will be recorded in the MOT database.

Changes to the MOT test procedure are due to be rolled out on May 20th, affecting cars, vans, motorcycles and light passenger vehicles. Defects will be categorised different as either dangerous, major or minor.

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