Research reveals MOT blind spot

New research has revealed that 38% of UK drivers are unaware their vehicles are legally required to undergo an MOT test every year.

That means that of the 41.2 million vehicles registered in the UK, 15.6 million may not be road safe.

The survey by Fixter revealed that 19% thought an MOT is dependent on mileage, while a further 16% believed an MOT was required only every two to four years.

The younger generation are the least knowledgeable, with over a quarter (27%) of 18 to 24 year olds believing an MOT is based on mileage, whilst seven per cent admit to having no idea an MOT is even needed.

Limvirak Chea, co-founder and CEO, Fixter, said: Given how many in the UK rely on their car for daily trips, it’s shocking to see such a huge knowledge gap when it comes to keeping vehicles road safe. What’s clear from our findings is that drivers need to be educated on the importance of MOTs and servicing, regardless of how many years they’ve been on the road.