Autotech Recruit has reported a tenfold increase in the number of MOTs carried out by its network of temporary vehicle technicians in June compared to May.
However, almost 10,000 more MOTs were carried out by Autotech Recruit contractors within the same period in June 2019, providing a glimpse of the number of cars which have not been tested as a result of the exemption.
The analysis comes as the number of tests is forecast reach a peak around October/November when the volume of tests is expected to be 200 per cent above normal levels following a return to mandatory testing.
Throughout the industry, MOTs plummeted by 70 per cent during April and May compared to 2019.
Over five million cars currently remain untested and, with one in three cars failing their MOT on average, this could mean that 1.6 million are now unroadworthy.
If under-resourced to deal with this rocketing demand, garages across the country could lose out on a vital cash injection, warns Autotech Recruit.
Industry bosses also need to factor in a reduced workforce due to shielding and isolation if a member of staff, or their family, becomes ill with COVID-19
An empty MOT ramp could result in a possible loss in profit of up to £3,000 per week.
To maintain this potential income, spending just an additional £50 per day on a vetted temporary vehicle technician or MOT tester, on top of normal labour costs, to cover an empty ramp makes clear financial sense.
Simon King, managing director at Autotech Recruit said: “The green shoots of the industry’s recovery are beginning to appear.
“However, faced with a backlog of testing, and a potential decrease in staff due to COVID-19, garages need to have contingency plans in place to run at full capacity.”
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