Birmingham drivers urged to book MOT early as demand set to surge in October

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City revealed as UK’s MOT hotspot with more than 20,000 extra appointments expected in coming month

Drivers in Birmingham are being urged to book their MOT early after the body behind the tests warned that centres in the city faced extra pressure this October.

The city was identified as facing the biggest “squeeze” as tens of thousands of additional cars require testing.

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which oversees the testing process, estimates that an extra 22,555 MOTs are due between now and the end of October in Birmingham, leaving drivers facing potential delays in getting a slot.

Test centres in Peterborough and Sheffield are likely to be next busiest, with more than 16,000 additional appointments expected in both cities.

The DVSA said that the MOT extension introduced during last year’s lockdown meant more cars now required their MOT in the autumn months. Previously the AA estimated that around 5.5 million vehicles had their MOTs deferred.

Whatever the reason, driving without a valid MOT carries a fine of up to £1,000, meaning drivers would be wise to make sure they are not caught out by demand.

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The DVSA’s head of MOT policy, Chris Price, commented: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone keep their vehicle safe to drive.

“While we’re sure everyone will be able get a test for their vehicle, slots will be harder to come by.

“If you want to use your usual garage and guarantee a slot before your expiry date, you should give them a call now and get it booked in.”

An MOT can be carried out up to one calendar month (minus a day) prior to the expiry date of the existing MOT certificate, while still preserving the anniversary of the expiry date. This means drivers can book in a bit early if needed.

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