Drivers can now get a free annual MOT email or text message reminder four weeks before their car’s MOT is due, helping them keep their vehicle safe and legal.
The free, quick and simple service, ‘get MOT reminders’, was launched in response to DVSA research, which showed that 28 per cent of cars are overdue an MOT at any one time.
It’s thought that most of these are down to drivers forgetting to get it done, rather than deliberately avoiding having the test done
“Unintentionally breaking the law”
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.”
Vehicle owners can now get a reminder four weeks before their MOT is due and another at two weeks before their MOT is due, if they still haven’t had it tested.
Motorists can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.
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 plays 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 useful prompt to make sure people get their vehicle checked out time.”
The service is in ‘beta’ stage, which means it’s still being continually tested and improved by DVSA.
The DVSA has already made it easy for car owners and buyers to get a vehicle’s full MOT history online.
A feature to also let drivers know if their vehicle has a safety recall issue that has not yet been fixed is due to be launched by DVSA in early 2018.