Getting an annual MOT is not only a legal requirement for drivers, but it’s also essential to ensure the vehicle you’re driving is safe. Many people assume that they will receive an annual MOT reminder automatically, but this won’t happen unless you set one up, meaning many drivers forget to book in their test.
If you have forgotten to renew your MOT, you’re not alone. In 2019, an average of over half a million people per month were up to 12 weeks late in renewing their MOT, putting themselves at risk of being fined, according to data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA1).
The overwhelming majority (81%) of all late MOTs were renewed within three months of their expiry date. However, tens of thousands of drivers leave it longer than a year to get their vehicle tested, risking their own safety and a hefty fine of up to £1000, as well as invalidating their insurance.
If you are caught driving a dangerous vehicle with no MOT, that fine could rise to £2500 - and include three points on your licence.
The DVSA figures reveal that drivers are more likely to forget their MOT if it’s due in May than in any other month, whereas December shows a marked drop in the number of expired MOT certificates in comparison to the rest of the year.
If you discover your MOT has expired, it is illegal to drive your vehicle except to a pre-arranged MOT appointment.