Drivers are being urged to check their vehicles before taking to the roads this Christmas, as figures show almost 50,000 cars that were late for their MOT test last December were classified as dangerous.
DVSA statistics reveal that in December 2018 of the 1.5 million cars tested, 385,859 had a late MOT and were driven illegally.
Of those that were tested late, 49,588 then failed as a result of a dangerous defect.
With up to three million extra car journeys each day in the lead up to Christmas, the DVSA is urging drivers to carry out five simple road safety checks on tyres, lights, brakes and windscreens and make sure the car has an up to date MOT.
Chris Price, DVSA’s head of MOT policy, said: “It’s easy to forget your car’s MOT amid the hustle and bustle and seasonal cheer, but making sure your car is safe before you set off is crucial.
“Carrying out five simple checks and making sure your car has a valid MOT will help you and your family have a happy Christmas and will help us keep everyone safe on Britain’s roads.”
The figures show that of all vehicles late for an MOT, three quarters were because car owners forgot it was due.
The DVSA has also highlighted its free MOT reminder service and MOT history service in a bid to ensure drivers book their MOT on time.
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