Car garages gear up for 'Super September' of MOTs

Car garages gear up for ‘Super September’ of MOTs: Experts predict surge in demand for vehicle safety tests because of Covid backlog

  • Experts are predicting a surge in demand for vehicle safety tests next month
  • Vehicles last year were given six-month extension due to nationwide lockdown
  • But it meant drivers deferred having the checks done until September 2020 

If your car is due its MOT in the coming weeks, you’d be well advised to book it in sooner rather than later.

Experts are predicting a surge in demand for vehicle safety tests next month – which is being dubbed ‘Super September’ – because of the pandemic.

Cars, motorcycles and light vans due an MOT between March 30 and July 31 last year were given a six-month extension due to the nationwide lockdown.

Experts are predicting a surge in demand for vehicle safety tests next month – which is being dubbed ‘Super September’

But it meant a lot of drivers deferred having the checks done until September 2020 – with the knock-on effect that high numbers of vehicles now need the annual test in the same month this year.

The AA’s head of roads policy Jack Cousens said: ‘With more than 5.5million 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.’

Drivers can be fined up to £1,000 for using a vehicle without a valid MOT. 

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

The test costs a maximum of £54.85 for an average car.

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

A number of parts such as lights, seatbelts, tyres and brakes are checked to ensure they meet legal standards.

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