DVSA MOT reminder service celebrates one million users

Drivers signed up to MOT reminders more likely to be on time for MOT than they previously were, agency says

DVSA MOT reminder service celebrates one million users
Drivers who sign up to ‘Get MOT Reminders’ will receive the first email or text message four weeks before the MOT is due and a second one two weeks before, if their MOT still hasn’t been taken. The previous expiry date of the MOT will be preserved if the MOT is conducted within this period. Image: Bigstock.

More than a million drivers have signed up to DVSA’s free ‘Get MOT Reminders‘ service, helping make Britain’s roads even safer.

Motorists can sign up to get a free annual MOT email or text message reminder four weeks before their vehicle’s MOT is due, helping them keep it safe and legal.

DVSA data shows that a quarter of vehicles are presented late for MOT and around three-quarters of these had forgotten the date.

More than one million people have now signed up to receive reminders, 559,999 people opting to receive email reminders while  443,056 people selected to receive text reminders.

Road safety

DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn said: “DVSA’s priority is helping everyone keep their vehicle safe to drive.

“The MOT plays a key role in making sure the vehicles on our roads are safe to drive and meet high environmental standards.

“As over a million motorists have discovered, getting a text or email is a useful prompt to make sure people get their vehicle checked out in time.

“Motorists should also remember that to reduce the risk of causing an accident that kills or seriously injures someone, you need to check your vehicle all year round.”

DVSA has already made it easy for car owners and buyers to get a vehicle’s full MOT history online.

The service also lets users know if their vehicle has a safety recall issue that has not yet been fixed.

“Fit for the future”

Minister for implementation, Oliver Dowden said: “These services are an excellent example of how the government is working smartly to help drivers keep their vehicles safe to drive.

“We need to be fit for the future and that’s why we want to make sure around 100 services are available digitally by 2020.

“Our aim is to make services quicker for motorists and citizens alike by using smarter technology including online applications, reminders and payments.”

The #SmarterGov campaign has been launched to drive innovation, savings and public service improvement across DVSA and the wider public sector.

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