MoT fines sting drivers for £35m over five years

Written by Ellie

An MoT doesn’t need to be a biggie in 2017; you’ll never spend more than £54.85 to MoT your car but most places will do it for £30.

Fail to obtain a valid MoT certificate for your car and you could end up with a £100 fine, which could escalate to £1,000 if it goes to court.

However, new data suggests that motorists have been fined more than £35 million in the last five years for failing to renew their MoT on time.*

At least 424,316 penalties have been issued by UK police forces since 2012, according to a Freedom of Information request by Carbuyer that reaped 36 responses from 45 forces.

These figures suggest that forces rake in on average £7.5 million a year from MoT fines.

West Yorkshire Police has issued more penalties for invalid MoT certificates than any other force – over 121,000 since 2012. London’s Metropolitan Police was behind them, and by quite some way with more than 64,000 penalties.

One in three drivers forget to renew their car’s MoT on time, according to a poll by Carbuyer, with one in six leaving it more than a month before getting round to it.

Some car dealers issue automatic MoT reminders to their customers but there isn’t any central system in place like with road tax. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is currently testing a system though, where vehicle owners can sign up to receive a reminder e-mail at four weeks and two weeks before their MoT is due.

Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “For far too long, it’s been far too easy for drivers to forget about getting their car MoT’ed.

“Under current rules, anyone buying a new car doesn’t have to pay for an MoT for three years. That’s an awfully long time for something so easy to overlook.”

*Research from Carbuyer, member of the Dennis Publishing group.

Posted on 21st September 2017

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