DVSA have launched a new MOT reminder service that could stop drivers from forgetting when their annual test is and save them from potentially landing a fine.
According to new research by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), more than a quarter of cars are overdue for their MOT.
The new reminder service has been launched in an attempt to make Britain’s road safer. Drivers can now get a free annual text message or email four weeks before their car’s MOT is due.
Driving without a valid MOT can void your insurance if you have an accident and result in a £100 on-the-spot fine – although penalties can be as much as £1,000.
Motorists can register for the service by visiting ‘Get MOT reminders’ section of the Government website.
Retail Motor Industry Federation Director, Stuart James, said: “The number of consumers forgetting to MOT their vehicles means that a great many of these are unintentionally breaking the law.
“We are pleased that the DVSA has developed such a valuable service that will support road safety and help consumers in their busy lives.
“MOTs are vital for UK road safety and it is against the law to drive a vehicle without a valid MOT certificate, so we urge drivers to sign up for the new service.”
Drivers who sign up to the alert – which is free of charge – can receive an annual MOT text message or email reminder a month in advance of when their car’s existing MOT is due to expire.
Transport Minister Baroness Sugg said: “We have some of the safest roads in the world, but we are always looking at ways to make them even safer.
“Booking your next MOT is easy to overlook but it pays an important role in making sure the vehicles on our roads are safe and meeting high environmental standards.
“Getting a text or email will serve as a usual prompt to make sure people get their vehicle checked out time.”
DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said: “DVSA’s priority is to help you keep your vehicle safe to drive.
“The annual MOT checks that important parts of your vehicle meet the legal standards at the time of the test.
“Motorists should also remember that to be a safe and responsible driver, and reduce the risk of your vehicle’s condition causing an accident that kills or seriously injures someone, you need to check your vehicle all year round.”