91% OF GARAGES EXPERIENCING INCREASE IN VEHICLES WITH EXPIRED MOTS

Published 13/07/2016 00:00:00 in Press Releases

A new report from the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) and Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) has revealed that since the removal of the paper tax disc, 91.2% of garages have seen an increase in the number of customers bringing in cars that have an expired MOT.

A survey was conducted due to concerns that an increasing number of motorists appear to be driving their cars without an MOT as a result of the Government’s changes to road tax in 2014, when the system was digitalised and the paper tax disc was abolished.

Checking a vehicle’s paper tax disc used to be a common method of checking whether a vehicle still had a valid MOT, as road tax and MOTs usually coincide. Now that the system has been digitalised, however, consumers who pay for their road tax monthly receive no reminders that their tax is due, and therefore potentially forget to MOT their car.

This means that road users could unknowingly be driving their vehicle without a valid MOT, becoming a danger on the road to themselves, passengers, other drivers and pedestrians. Drivers can also be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

A survey was distributed across the motor trade, and the results found that 43.8% of the trade had noticed a significant increase in MOTs where the vehicle is out of test since the road tax changes came in, and 91.2% overall had seen an increase of some kind.

Respondents were also asked if they had any further comments, and over a quarter of them responded. There was a general consensus that although customers forgetting to MOT their vehicles has always been an issue, the problem has worsened since the 2014 road tax changes.

Many of the comments from garage owners say that an MOT reminder service is something their business has had to provide to customers themselves, but they believe it should be the Government’s responsibility.

Stuart James, RMI Director commented, “The results of this survey overwhelmingly show that we were right to have concerns. In the short space of time since the road tax changes were put in place, the percentage of consumers that are unaware when their car’s MOT has expired has increased dramatically. As a result, motorists who wouldn’t normally seek to break the law are unwittingly becoming criminals.”

Sandy Burgess, SMTA Chief Executive commented, “In light of our results, we strongly recommend that the Government introduce an official reminder service that tells motorists when their vehicle’s MOT is due. This will reduce confusion from consumers and ensure more aren’t unknowingly becoming criminals, and it will also take the pressure away from small businesses to remind their customers of their MOT renewal date. Most importantly, it will improve road safety in the UK.”

 

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NOTES TO EDITORS: Please click here to download a copy of the RMI & SMTA Road Tax Survey & Report

Rupal Rawal, Press Officer
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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.

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