Martin Lewis warns drivers to book MOT tests now or risk facing £1k fine

Drivers should book their MOT tests now, Martin Lewis has warned.

The 49-year-old explained how leaving it too late could risk motorists missing the deadline with testing backlog.

He explaimed in his latest Money Saving Expert newsletter how Brits could risk a £1,000 fine if they don’t do it in time.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) told the website that “seven million tests” are due in the next two months.

Now it’s important to get your test completed before your current MOT certificate runs out.

Martin said: “MOT due soon? Arrange a test now as there’s booking backlog.

“You could be fined £1,000 if you drive without a valid certificate.”



You could be fined if you’re caught without a valid MOT certificate

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Martin’s newsletter also revealed that there are 1.3 million more tests due in the same period than in 2019.

The AA says test centres are already “feeling the strain”.

Your car will need an MOT test annually if it’s over three years old, and if not one done on the third anniversary of its registration.

It’s usually due around the same time and you’ll need to get it tested before the current certificate expires or face a costly fine.



Garage
You’ll need to do your MOT in a garage

Most garages will charge around £54 for a test, but it’s always good to shop around first.

Make sure you don’t end up driving further for an appointment as this could cause an increase in your petrol costs.

You’re not allowed to drive or park your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out, unless you’re taking it to an appointment.

Just remember you could be fined up to £1,000 if you’re caught driving without a valid MOT certificate.

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