A third of motorists admit to driving with no MOT

A stunning new research finding reveals that as many as 10 million vehicle owners in the UK have admitted to driving in the UK with no valid MOT certificate.

This is according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), who recently surveyed 1,000 UK motorists. From those respondents 67 per cent admitted to have driven without a valid MOT certificate for up to a week. This percentage rounds up to an estimated 10 million drivers across Britain.

Even more worryingly as many as 24 per cent said they had driven without a MOT certificate for up to a month. 2 per cent of respondents admitted to have used their car without a valid MOT for more than six months.

The MOT certificate is a legal requirement to ensure that your car meets safety regulations and emissions output criteria. If your car does not have a valid MOT, it is not legally allowed to be driven on UK roads.

The only exception to this rule is if your certificate has expired and you are driving to a pre-booked MOT test.

You can arrange for an MOT test now via Perrys Service online or by contacting your nearest Perrys Dealership.

By driving without a valid MOT certificate for their car, motorists risk fines of up to £1,000. They also risk validating their motor insurance, which itself counts as a driving offence carrying between six to eight penalty points. Cars older than three years also require a valid MOT before they can be taxed – with further fines for motorists who drive a car which isn’t taxed.

Who are most likely to be driving without a valid MOT? Well the research results from the SMMT suggest that men are more likely to continue driving after their MOT has lapsed. 35 per cent of male drivers admitted to doing so, compared to 31 per cent for female drivers.

There are also significant differences across separate regions of the UK. The research from the SMMT found motorists in the East Midlands to be best for remembering to carry out their MOT test. Just 15 per cent of drivers in this region say they have driven a car without a valid MOT.

In contrast drivers in South Wales have been found to be most likely to drive without a valid MOT. As many as 41 per cent respondents from this region admitted to committing this offence.

The SMMT report also suggest that younger drivers aged 18-24 are the worst at remembering their MOT test date. 39 per cent of respondents in this age group admitted to have driven without a valid MOT.

The most best behaved age group when it comes to MOT certificates is those aged 45-54. Even so more than a quarter in this age group, 28 per cent to be exact admitted to driving without a valid MOT.

The SMMT carried out their research with assistance from car manufacturers and UK dealers as part of the motoring industry’s ‘Minute or Two’ initiative. This encourages motorists to carry out 10 simple visual checks of their vehicle prior to the MOT test.

The full ‘Minute or Two’ checklist can be viewed now at www.passmymot.co.uk. This website also includes a video guide to the checks and a Garage Finder tool, enabling motorists to find their nearest dealer.