Drivers urged to book MOT as DVSA figures reveal 12M UK cars due for renewal before end of the year

08 September 2021

  • Over 3m cars in September alone are due for MOT according to figures from DVSA

  • Co-op Insurance is calling on motorists not to leave their MOT until the last minute

Co-op Insurance is urging motorists not to delay in booking their vehicle’s MOT as figures obtained from the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency* (DVSA) show that a staggering 12.3 million cars will see their MOT expire before 31 December 2021.

This equates to 30% of the total 40.4m vehicles that are registered on UK roads today.**

In September alone 3.37 million cars will see their MOT expire, followed by 3.29 million in October and 3.12 million in November.

An additional 783,000 cars will be due to have their first MOT by the end of this year, having reached the third anniversary of their registration.

Paul Evans, head of Co-op Motor Insurance, says: “We’re urging motor vehicle owners to check their vehicle’s MOT and if it’s due in the next three months, to get it booked in with a reputable mechanic as soon as they can.

“Due to last year’s national lockdown, between March and July, cars, motorcycles and vans were given a six month extension to their MOT. Over twelve months on, we could see a huge glut of people rushing to get their car through testing and figures from the DVSA would support this, with almost a third of all the vehicles in the UK will see their MOT expire by New Year’s Eve. We know how much people rely on their cars which is why we offer a handy pick up and drop off service which means your car can get checked while you work at home or in the office.”

The MOT test is an annual test of vehicle safety, roadworthiness aspects and exhaust emissions required in the United Kingdom. Drivers can be fined up to £1,000 for using a vehicle without a valid MOT. Newer vehicles must have an MOT on the third anniversary of their registration, and then every 12 months.

Co-op Insurance’s Car Care service, in partnership with Fixter, offers a convenient MOT and car servicing option for car owners. Vehicles are picked up at home and dropped off at a location chosen by the owner, with prices starting from £39.

Please visit Co-op Insurance Car Care for more information.

ENDS For more information please contact:

• Aimi McNeill / aimi.mcneill@coop.co.uk / 07739 657585
• Vikki McCrindle / Vikki.mccrindle@coop.co.uk / 07773 096 848 • Sarah Jane Thoms / sarahjane.thoms@coop.co.uk / 07890 384552

*This data was gathered as part of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the DVSA by Fixter

** figures cited in Car Magazine from Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), April 2020

Figures from DVSA

Month Amount of UK vehicles with MOT due to expire Amount of UK vehicles with first MOT due, reaching third year of registration September 3,377,984 335,394 October 3,295,444 150,712 November 3,128,067 156,336 December 2,531,258 141,522

TOTAL 12,332,753 783,964