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Officers warned they were receiving “a lot of calls” reporting dozens of people without valid MOT certificates. They hinted many of these could be down to a six-month extension on MOT tests handed out as part of the original coronavirus lockdown.
Many drivers may be unaware their extension period has ended and are now required to have a valid certificate to use the roads.
In a post on Facebook, Dorset Police warned penalty notices would be issued to drivers without the right paperwork in place.
They said: “MOT, it is a requirement. It ensures your vehicle is in roadworthy condition.
“The car below did not have one. Fixed penalty issued.
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“Given the weather, it is even more essential your vehicle is in good working order to keep you safe.
“We get ALOT of calls from the public reporting people for not having a valid MOT certificate.
“Please bear in mind that between 30th March 2020 and 31st July 2020 drivers were given a six-month extension to their MOT certificates.
“Unsure as to whether your MOT is valid? Then please visit the www.gov.uk website.”
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No new extensions have been put into place in the new lockdown.
However, there are fears the original extension could lead to a rise in demand for tests and a backlog over January.
Those who had their test certificates extended in July will need to book a test before the end of January.
This means hundreds of road users will be booking tests alongside those who are traditionally due their exam at this time of the year.
Drivers who forget to book an MOT test and have their certificate expire will not be allowed to drive on the road legally.
Those who break the rules can be picked up by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras and fined up to £1,000.
The DVSA has warned drivers to check when their certificate expires and sign up to their reminder service to avoid being caught out.
A tweet from the DVSA said: “Had an MOT extension and can’t remember when it’s due
“Sign up for our free reminder service
“It’s easy – you just need your vehicle reg and email or mobile number.”
Some independent garages have called for another extension to prevent close contact between garage staff and customers.
However, the Independent Garage Association has rejected the idea, adding garages had gone to “great lengths” to ensure they were safe.
AA spokesperson Jack Cousens said it was “important” for road users to keep their car maintained during the shutdown and secure their MOT test when they needed it.
He said: “With many people either working from home or furloughed, some drivers may be tempted to just let their vehicle bypass the MOT date and only arrange it when they think lockdown restrictions will be eased.
“However cars sat parked up for long periods of time can lead to issues such as; battery faults, seized brakes and flat tyres.
“These are just some of the reasons why it is just as important, if not more so, to keep your car regularly maintained.
“There will be no MOT extension this time around, so car owners will need to ensure they fulfil their usual maintenance commitments.
“Likewise, servicing timescales still apply to keep a vehicle under warranty.”
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