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Book your MOT now when the lockdown amnesty ends

Book your MOT now as the six-month amnesty will end at the end of July

  • According to website GoCompare, more than nine million cars have a malfunction
  • Due to the expansion, failures have gone unnoticed, making some cars dangerous

A six-month extension for APK certificates introduced in lockdown will be scrapped by the end of this month, but many vehicles remain too dangerous to drive, advisers say.

More than nine million cars have errors, according to research from the comparison website GoCompare. Due to the extension, flaws such as worn tires and braking problems, which were usually noticed in the annual test, have gone unnoticed, so some vehicles are now dangerous.

Anyone who has a vehicle whose APK expires after July 31 should now have it tested on or before the expiration date to prevent it from being driven illegally – and void their insurance. But if their expiration date falls between March 30 and July 31, they can still take advantage of the six-month extension.

More than nine million cars show errors, according to GoCompare research

More than nine million cars show errors, according to GoCompare research

For example, if a certificate expires in July, you have until January to collect the vehicle.

Still, experts say this is a false economy, and with a wave of drivers expected to hit the road again, this month is a great time to get tested. Lee Griffin, founder of GoCompare, says, “With millions of cars that have not been tested for over a year, errors will be picked up on a routine MOT that, if not noticed, could cause the car to break or endanger causes. It is wise to look at your car now. ‘

GoCompare found that nearly a third of motorists knew their car needed repair. One third of the cars pass their MOT, with one in ten failures due to dangerous defects.

Even if your car has a valid MOT – with or without an extension – you can be fined £ 2,500 and get three points on your driver’s license if the vehicle is deemed to be in a ‘dangerous’ condition.

You can be fined £ 1,000 for driving a car without a valid MOT.