An extra 20,000 MOT tests have been conducted every day so far this month, latest DVSA figures show.
It marks the beginning of a sharp upwards trend in the volume of tests following a return to mandatory testing this month.
At its peak in October and November, the DVSA predicts the number of tests will be 200 per cent above normal levels.
On its Matter of Testing blog, the DVSA said: “We know August has been busy for MOT garages, and our figures so far show around 20,000 more MOT tests a day have been conducted than at the same time last year.”
The DVSA has launched a ‘Beat the Rush’ campaign to encourage motorists with an MOT exemption until autumn to get their vehicle tested this summer in an attempt to help reduce the burden on garages.
A free DVSA “toolkit” for test stations, which is to be updated with new material “soon”, currently includes draft messages for social media, email and text communications and graphics for use on garage websites and social posts.
Stuart James, chief executive officer of the IGA, said: “The Independent Garage Association supports DVSA’s Beat the Rush MOT campaign.
“MOT slots will be more difficult to book in the next few months, so we recommend that garages communicate this to their customers and advise them to book their MOT at their earliest convenience.
“Independents will rise to the challenge to address the demand for MOTs and ensure vehicle safety. It will be an opportunity to increase their customer base for future years if they can satisfy wider customer demand at this challenging time.”
Many workshops are already using the content to encourage customers with an MOT exemption to bring their test forward but others suggest DVSA action to help manage MOT demand does not go far enough.
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