Drivers warned ahead of MOT tests of £270 charge from wheel damage – 13 million affected

Drivers warned ahead of MOT tests of £270 charge from wheel damage – 13 million affected

More than one-third of motorists are driving cars with damaged alloy wheels, with more than half of these being caused by scraping them against kerbs. This could be the result of failed attempts at parallel parking and colliding with a raised pavement.

It states: “On tyres where the date code is illegible, for example, due to kerbing or deliberate tampering, a major or minor defect must be recorded, depending on the location of the tyre.”

Drivers are being urged to book their MOT tests before winter, as some garages prepare for test levels to be as busy as September.

The AA dubbed the increases in tests “Super September” with more than five and a half million cars having legally delayed their MOT.

UK motorists were given a six-month extension to MOTs which were due between March 30 and July 31, 2020, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

During this time, 5.3 million less tests took place, compared to the same period in 2019.

Despite the high number of damaged alloy wheels, a third of drivers claimed to be very confident when parking.

Some 83 percent of the interviewed panel said it was themselves or a member of their own household who had inflicted the blow that dinged a wheel on their car.

Even last month, AA estimated that more than 14 million cars on Britain’s roads are being driven with some form of damage.

A poll of more than 14,500 vehicle owners discovered that 44 percent have cars with some form of damage to them.

This ranged from minor scuffs to more serious damage to tyres and brakes.

The age profile of motorists showed the different approaches to fixing motor damage, with just two in five over 65s admitting to knowing their cars have blemishes.

Around two thirds of 18-to-24-year-old motorists say their vehicles are scarred.

Published at Fri, 15 Oct 2021 14:07:00 +0000