We think this excerpt from an article from the Express online is worth sharing … just in case you didn’t see it. Although the article points out the stress customers are likely to experience, it goes without saying: garage owners and MOT stations will feel that stress tenfold if they are not organised and ready for the onslaught!

‘Book early!’ The UK faces MOT crisis with 10 million vehicles due in for the test

More than 10 million car, van and minibus MOTs are due to take place throughout autumn, according to the AA.

Drivers across the UK have been issued with an MOT warning. The AA has urged motorists to book the necessary test as soon as possible to avoid any stress and the risk of receiving unnecessary fines or being unable to drive.

The AA added that drivers with MOTs due between September to December are advised to book early and to stay on top of their vehicle checks throughout the year.

Penny Stoolman, managing director of AA Approved Garages, said:

“With more than 10 million MOT tests due to take place across ‘Frantic Fall’, the scramble for slots could be chaotic. Drivers who have an MOT due should book early to avoid stress. With household budgets stretched, drivers may be tempted to leave repairs on their car until the last possible moment or wait for the MOT to spot faults. But with colder, wetter weather due in the coming months leaving blown bulbs, torn tyres and cracked windscreens unrepaired could cause more damage to both the car and the wallet. Interestingly, drivers think more vehicles initially fail the MOT than reality.

“Our network of local AA Approved Garages gives customers peace of mind and honesty when it comes to vehicle repairs, so you know what really needs fixing.”

[…] In April, it was suggested that MOT test periods would be altered to once every two years in a cost-cutting measure to help Britons. Grant Shapps had reportedly wanted to look into the possibility of extending renewal times. While there was never official confirmation that it was being proposed, many road safety experts were critical of the plans. […]

Original article can be found at Express Online.