MOT six-month extension made cars ‘unsafer’ with cars ‘failing miserably’ during checks

DVSA explains 2018 MOT test changes

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The six month MOT extension introduced at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 pushed back vital repair work as cars were not sent for repairs. Jonathan Barbera, Managing Director of Parkers MOT said garages had been “surprised” at how “bad” some cars had got wrong during the extension.

He said most drivers decide to get their MOT and car service at the same time which had caused many of the problems.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “You have to imagine most of these cars are not looked at or touched until their MOT’s.

“Most consumers are very wise, which I expect them to be.

“They want to get their MOT and servicing done in one shop, one it saves them money, two it saves them time.

“You don’t want to take your car to a garage or anywhere twice if you can avoid it, it’s an inconvenience.

“But then you’ve got the added thing that their car has not been looked at for a further six months.

“So when we have had cars last year, we’ve had cars failing quite miserable on tyres, brakes and stuff like that.

“It was quite a surprise how bad the extra six months was.

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“For the consumer it is a bad deal because it creates cars which are that much unsafer.”

According to data from BookMygarage, more than 4.2milion MOT tests were postponed due to the extension.

This caused a third of drivers to delay getting their car serviced last year with many blaming strained finances or limited mileages.

However, experts have warned even vehicles used for smaller trips needed to stay on top of basic maintenance.

They have urged drivers who have “put off “getting their vehicles repaired or serviced to book in for work soon as restrictions begin to ease.

Speaking in March, Karen Rotberg, BookMyGarage Co-Founder said: “Many motorists have put off getting vehicles serviced and even repaired.

“This hasn’t presented much of a problem in recent months since millions of people have only used their cars for short and essential trips.

“But, with lockdown restrictions easing, now is the time to catch-up on any missed maintenance.”

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Barbery warned MOT chaos could last for up to three more years.

He said the six-month extension has pushed all the MOT tests back to the winter creating mass demand between September and February.

He warned this could put pressure on drivers with limited slots set to be available over these busy periods.

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