Martin Lewis reveals how to get a 'really cheap' MOT test
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They have warned drivers must book a test if their MOT is “due soon” to make sure they can secure a slot. The DVSA has issued similar warnings since the coronavirus pandemic began as garages battle with the backlog.
The warning was issued on Twitter alongside a banner urging drivers to “book your MOT now!”
The Tweet said: “Back on the road this autumn?
“MOT garages are busier than usual right now.
“So if your MOT is due soon, call your garage to make sure you can get a slot.”
Multiple warnings over the possible MOT backlog have been issued to motorists in the run-up to this winter.
Back in the Summer, the AA warned MOT garages were already “feeling the strain”.
Just two months later in September, the DVSA warned thousands of extra tests could be needed this Autumn.
DVSA head of MOT Policy, Chris Pirce said: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone keep their vehicle safe to drive.
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“While we’re sure everyone will be able get a test for their vehicle, slots will be harder to come by.
“If you want to use your usual garage and guarantee a slot before your expiry date, you should give them a call now and get it booked in.”
The DVSA has previously warned 22,555 extra tests were needed in Birmingham to meet the demand.
Over 16,000 extra MOT tests were needed in Peterborough and Sheffield.
In October, experts at LeaseCar also warned garages were being “simply overrun”.
They said: “Over the last 18 months garages have felt the pressure from the sheer volume of work that they are receiving.
“We’re encouraging those who haven’t already to book their MOT’s in good time, as to avoid the last-minute rush and relieve the pressure on mechanics.
“Not only this but as we move into the autumn and winter period it’s important that our vehicles are safe for the roads especially as the conditions begin to change.
“They are simply overrun; there is no other way to put it.”
The DVSA said an MOT can be carried out up to one calendar month before the expiry date of their existing MOT certificate.
However, drivers can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT in place.
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