Drivers warned of ‘extremely busy’ MOT surge as more than 1.3 million MOTs set to expire

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According to the latest figures released by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), nearly seven million MOTs are due to expire across England, Scotland and Wales during September and October. This is around 1.3 million more, or a 22 percent overall rise, compared to what would ordinarily be seen during these two months in a typical year, like 2019.

In 2019, a total of 5,680,200 MOTs expired between September and October.

Whilst August only saw a five percent increase in expected MOT expirations in 2021, September is expected to see 3.6 million MOTs expire, an increase of 17 percent compared to 2019.

October will also see a big increase in expirations with 750,000 more expirations forecast compared to October 2019.

This is a difference of 29 percent.

Drivers were given a six-month MOT exemption, which was introduced between March 30 and July 31 in response to the pandemic.

This has resulted in a busier end to the year for the mandatory tests for vehicles that are aged three years and over.

Around 9.58 million drivers are choosing to take advantage of this opportunity to postpone the annual assessment.

This has naturally altered the peaks and troughs in testing volumes that would normally be witnessed across a calendar year. 


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As a result, groups are expecting more demand to their services to check which garages have slots open for MOT tests.

The Motor Ombudsman are expecting a significant increase in searches by consumers on its online Garage Finder tool.

During the first six months of 2021, more than 160,000 searches were conducted on the Garage Finder.

This is an increase of 60 percent compared to the same period last year.

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