Major UK motor bodies fear a rapid rise in the number of dangerous cars on the road

As lockdown has been eased the Independant Garage Association (IGA) has called on the Government to end the six-month MOT extension.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) expressed concern that many of the vehicles being used again will not be in a safe condition as many have barely been driven for two months.

Stuart James, IGA Chief Executive, advised that it would be a good time to stop the MOT extension.

"Small defects that would have been found in the MOT test will worsen, not only leading to an increase in the number of dangerous cars on the road, but an increase in future repair costs for vehicle owners too."

He warns that unchecked vehicles put motorists at risk of prosecution for driving an unsafe vehicle.

"For example, 580,000 vehicles will have illegal tyres today, which will rise by another 290,000 by the end of the MOT extension. These drivers face a fine of up to £2,500 for each tyre and three penalty points. This is a simple defect which could have been easily rectified if an inspection was carried out, but could now cost the driver dearly and put themselves and others at risk."

It is important to make sure that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition. Driving an unsafe vehicle can invalidate your insurance, incur fines and penalty points. Find out more about keeping your vehicle safe to drive during the MOT extension.