Drivers worried about condition of other cars amid MOT exemption but few think their own has problems

Findings indicate false sense of security for many motorists

Drivers worried about condition of other cars amid MOT exemption but few think their own has problems

More than four out of ten motorists (45 per cent) are concerned about the condition of other vehicles on the road because of the six-month MOT extension, a new survey suggests.

However just two per cent of the 2,000 drivers polled in the Halfords survey feel there might be an issue with their own vehicle despite a 30 per cent MOT failure rate.

Industry experts have said the survey findings indicate a worrying false sense of security for many motorists.

Related: Now’s time to end six-month MOT exemption, says IGA amid further lockdown easing

Andy Randall, managing director of Halfords Autocentres said: “As non-essential retailers now open and people are easing back into work, we are definitely seeing an increase in the number of people getting their cars prepared for more use.

“We know that leaving cars unused causes safety issues and the increase in services carried out by our technicians shows that customers know it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Related: Number of MOTs down by more than five million since start of lockdown

Department for Transport (DfT) figures show that, in 2018, 39 people were killed and 378 seriously injured on Britain’s roads in crashes where a vehicle defect was a contributory factor.

Halfords reported a 14 per cent increase in the number of drivers having their cars serviced at its garages this week compared with the same period in 2019.

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