Seven million MOTs due in coming months

More than seven million MOTs are due to expire during September and October, according to the latest figures released by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

That is around 1.3 million more than normal, or a 22% rise.

The rise in demand is a result of the six-month MOT exemption introduced between 30 March and 31 July last year, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It is estimated that about 9.58 million drivers took advantage of the opportunity to postpone tests.

Bill Fennell, chief ombudsman and managing director of the Motor Ombudsman, said: “After a small uptick in the number of MOTs forecast to expire during August, there is a notable acceleration in the volume of MOT certificates due to come to an end in September and October. This means that it’s going to be an extremely busy period for MOT stations up and down the country during the next few weeks.”