DVSA has highlighted new data that shows a number of problem areas this Autumn in regards to booking an appointment for an MOT test. It shows that drivers in Birmingham are most likely to struggle to book an MOT test.
The speculated Autumn surge in demand will hit Birmingham badly with an extra 22,555 vehicles needing tests as a result of the MOT extension. Nottingham, Reading and Glasgow are also going to be affected by this as the DVSA is urging drivers to book in tests as soon as possible.
The second most affected city is Peterborough. They need to carry out an extra 16,422 tests in Autumn. Sheffield is the third largest city. They need 16,215 tests over the next couple of months. Leicester needs an extra 15,800 tests. Glasgow needs 14,556 and Nottingham needs 13,794. Over 13,500 extra vehicles will need MOT’s in Reading with over 12,000 required in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Bristol, and Cardiff.
DVSA MOT extension
DVSA introduced MOT extensions at the start of the pandemic to protect drivers and exam staff. However, the extensions now mean that more vehicles will need an MOT this Autumn which puts pressure on garages. For drivers, It means they may struggle to get an MOT test unless they book in early at their local garage.
DVSA’s Head of Roads Policy, Chris Price mentioned that slots would be “harder to come by” over the coming Autumn months. He stated: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone keep their vehicle safe to drive. While we’re sure everyone will be able to 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.”
Garages can carry out an MOT test up to one calendar month prior to the expiry date of an existing certificate.
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