MOT test ‘opt-in’ system could have ‘catastrophic consequences’ for motorists, says expert

MOT test ‘opt-in’ system could have ‘catastrophic consequences’ for motorists, says expert

MOT tests have now effectively been made an “opt-in system” where motorists can decide whether or not to get their car checked despite possible safety risks, according to an expert. Motorists can still secure MOT tests at the majority of garages despite the government extending certificates for a period of six months back in March. 

Karen Rotberg, co-founder of garage and MOT specialist, Book My Garage, has urged the government to cancel the MOT test extension immediately, 

Ms Rotberg says there could be “catastrophic consequences” on UK roads for motorists if an opt in system remains in place until September where motorists can decide whether or not they need tests. 

She said: “Some drivers are doing the right thing by either renewing their MOT at the 12-month point or at the very least carrying out maintenance to ensure their car has no dangerous faults.

“But in reality, the UK now has an ‘opt-in’ MOT system until September – and that could have catastrophic consequences for road users. 

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The fear is cars which may have been pulled off roads or issued major faults which needed repair work have been allowed to remain on the road during lockdown.  

Ms Rotberg says many road users will see car safety as an “administrative headache” and not a real safety issue. 

This could put many road users and pedestrians at risk and could see thousands of motorists issued heavy fines. 

Motorists have been warned by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to keep their cars in a legal condition at all times. 

Data from specialists Book My Garage has stunningly revealed many motorists are ignoring the government’s advice to get their car checked in an MOT exam.

Statistics from the group have revealed MOT bookings are back at 85 percent of pre-pandemic levels despite the government’s extension. 

This was dramatically up on previous months where test bookings were only at a third of usual rates. 

Ms Rotberg said: “MOT bookings are almost back to pre-pandemic levels. When the extension started at the end of March, MOT bookings plunged to a third of the rate of normal bookings. 

“We’ve had small increases every week from April and then we have seen a real spike this week, back to 85 percent of where we were before the pandemic.

“Clearly many drivers are taking safety into their own hands, ignoring the government’s MOT extension and booking a test.”

Published at Sat, 30 May 2020 15:26:00 +0000