Two in five cars fail their MOT test every year, costing UK motorists more than £2 billion in repairs and the cost of a second MOT to get their vehicle back on the road - according to new research by Allianz Your Cover Insurance.
New findings show that a third of motorists have driven a car knowing it has no MOT. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) surveyed 1,000 UK motorists and found that, of those that have driven a car without a valid MOT, 67% admitted driving for up to a week before the retest, 24% for up to a month, 7% for up to six months and 2% for more than six months.
The Government has announced that it has dropped plans to reduce the testing frequency for MOTs, the day after Pro-MOTe suggested proposals to end annual MOTs would put at risk up to 50,000 jobs in the retail motor trade.
Changes to the MOT test from January 2012 are good news for safety but could end up landing fleets with hefty repair bills for equipment such as electric seat adjustment motors and electronic stability control (ESC) if they fall outside the manufacturer warranty.
Organisations representing motorists, road safety campaigners, cyclists, small businesses, insurers and the wider motor industry have joined forces to persuade the new Transport Secretary Justine Greening to rule out a reduction in the frequency of MOT testing.