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CHECK IT OUT Why you need to book your MOT early this year

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DRIVERS were granted a grace period for their MOTs in 2020, but that is now over, leaving a backlog of motorists who need one.

With the number of drivers scheduling their MOT inspection increasing, it’s best to have your car checked as soon as possible.

Every vehicle must undergo a TÜV inspection every year.

Failure to do so could result in £1,000 being confiscated and putting other drivers on the road at risk.

An MOT determines if your car is safe to drive on the road, and if it fails your workshop will recommend what needs fixing so it can pass the next MOT.

You can renew your MOT up to one month (minus one day) before your MOT appointment.

For example, if your MOT is due on April 15th, you can renew it from March 16th and still keep the April 15th renewal date for the following year.

If you wish to renew your MOT earlier this is possible but your renewal date for the following year will change to the new date.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government announced a four-month extension for MOT, which expired between March 29 and July 31, 2020.

Drivers were warned at the end of 2021 to have their MOT booked as soon as possible due to the extension.

From September to December 2021 there was a backlog of 12 million TÜV.

Chris Lunn, Category Manager at Halfords Autocentres said: “Following the MOT extension announced by the Government on 29 March 2020, we have seen a dramatic shift in MOT bookings throughout 2021 as nearly nine million motorists have a 6- month extension after expiry of their MOT.

“This meant there was unprecedented demand from September to December in 2020 and 2021.

“While this is slowly returning to pre-pandemic levels, January through March remains a very busy time of year, with April through May being quieter.”

Many car repair shops assume that the pent-up demand will continue into 2022, but not only because of the four-month grace period.

Workshops are struggling with staffing levels just because people are sick and need to isolate due to coronavirus infections.

Chris said: “We would always recommend our clients to plan ahead when booking their MOT.

“Around 70% of our clients book just a week in advance of their appointment which can lead to disappointment.

“Customers should also keep in mind that bookings will start to pick up from July, so it might be better to book a few weeks before it’s over.

“Remember, you can book your MOT one month minus one day before the expiration date and still keep your renewal date.”

Getting caught without your MOT can result in a police warning and a request to get one as soon as possible.

It’s always advisable to keep your car up to MOT standard lest you face a £1,000 fine.

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