Mandatory MOTs for vehicles in England, Scotland, and Wales were reintroduced from the 1st of August. Drivers that had to register vehicles for the MOT test between the 30th of March and the 31st of July were allowed to delay for six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, but tests were brought back on the 1st of August, amidst growing concerns about road safety. The law stated that vehicles had to be roadworthy even during the lockdown if they wanted to ply on roads, and garages were open and deemed as essential services to assist with any fixes, but most choose to ignore fixing their cars.
Although the law states that vehicles should be roadworthy, people rarely bother getting their cars checked to make sure they are in good condition. Most of the time, they only find out during the MOT test, which is why one in three cars across the UK, on average, fails the MOT test.
With vehicle MOT registrations open and people allowed to book MOT online, people were encouraged to get their vehicles tested as soon as possible, especially if their MOT tests had expired, during the test extension. Although there was a test extension, there were about 1.3 cars in the UK that still registered for the MOT test in June. The Government stated that they were open to people getting their vehicles registered if they chose to.
The Government informed people to get their vehicles checked and tested at a garage before going for the MOT test. Failing the MOT test meant being barred from being driven around unless they cleared it. Some centres only handled testing the vehicles for MOT while others did both, so people preferred handling both the options through them instead of just one.
Since the MOT tests were pushed by six months, many vehicles do not have proper MOT tests but are allowed to delay to six months after their current registered date. Three million cars were marked dangerous across the UK during the MOT checks, which is not a comforting statistic by any measure. Vehicles that are marked ‘dangerous’ are not allowed to play on roads unless they fix the issues that they were facing. One of the most significant reasons for these failures were
the changes made to the rules, to improve air quality and make roads safer. Nearly 750,000 cars failed the emissions test in the six months after the change in test rules, as compared to 350,000 during the same period last year. According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), the number of diesel cars failing the emissions test has risen from 3,585 to 19,648 year-on-year.
To make the process smoother, people could book MOT tests online and even register for a date that they could bring their cars into the garage so they would not have to spend a lot of time waiting and around other people which is probably not the best idea anymore.