Drivers face hefty fines as thousands of NO MOT cars take to the UK’s roads – don’t get caught
DRIVERS were warned of heavy fines for driving without an MOT.
March is the busiest month of the year for TÜV – but many motorists are struggling to afford the mandatory vehicle inspection due to the cost of living crisis.
A new study found that one in six (17%) drivers with MOTs due in March say they will not be able to pay them.
Most worryingly, the vast majority (71%) say they will continue to drive their vehicle anyway – breaking the law and risking fines of up to £2,500 and three points on their driving licence.
And above all endanger your own safety and that of other road users.
The numbers – from Halbfords – show that with around 3.3 million MOTs due in March, this could result in around 406,000 extra vehicles being driven on UK roads without an MOT.
DVSA figures show that the current MOT error rate is 28.5%.
This means that this March we are expected to see at least 115,000 potentially dangerous vehicles on our roads that would normally not have passed the TÜV test.
Halfords CEO Graham Stapleton said: “Data shows that March will be the worst month we have ever seen when it comes to cars on our roads without an MOT.
“MOT are important annual safety checks that take place on vehicles from the age of three.
“It’s not about ticking boxes – the TÜV checks, for example, whether the tires have enough tread or whether the brakes are working properly.
“Roughly three in 10 of the vehicles of people who plan to skip their MOT are likely not roadworthy – possibly more as those avoiding an MOT are more likely to care less about their vehicle and could replace things like tires for a good time.” .
“The fact that so many could be driving their children to school in vehicles without an MOT is a real concern.
“The bottom line is that it’s not worth the risk – not just a fine and points, but putting yourself or others at risk.”
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