A very interesting report that is currently circulating within the trade at present…
The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) and Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) report that since the end of the paper tax disc, 91.2% of garages have seen an increase in the number of customers bringing in cars that have expired MOTs.
Checking a vehicle’s paper tax disc used to be a common method of checking whether a vehicle still had a valid MOT, as road tax and MOTs usually coincide. However, now that the system has been digitalised, car owners who pay for their road tax monthly receive no reminders that their tax is due, and therefore potentially forget to MOT their car.
Respondents were also asked if they had any further comments. Over a quarter of them responded with the general consensus that although customers forgetting to MOT their vehicles has always been an issue, the problem has worsened since the 2014 road tax changes.
Many of the comments from garage owners say that an MOT reminder service is something their business has had to provide to customers themselves, but they believe it should be the government’s responsibility.
RMI director Stuart James commented: “The results of this survey overwhelmingly show that we were right to have concerns. In the short space of time since the road tax changes were put in place, the percentage of consumers that are unaware when their car’s MOT has expired has increased dramatically. As a result, motorists who wouldn’t normally seek to break the law are unwittingly becoming criminals.”
You have been warned! If you are unsure please call us and we can check the status of your MOT.