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Posted by Matt Bell on 8th June 2020

Calls to end automatic six-month MoT extensions have gathered more pace after new research has revealed that almost 1.1m unroadworthy vehicles are set to return to the UK’s streets as people increasingly get back on the road. 

The automatic extension began on March 30 to assist key workers, and is currently set to remain in place until March 2021.

Kwik Fit has been busy analysing the latest DVSA MoT data alongside its own statistics. Taken together they show that an estimated 1,096,000 vehicles that have received a six-month extension would have failed a test with dangerous or major defects had they undergone an MoT. Of these unroadworthy vehicles, it is estimated that some 316,000 would have dangerous defects, while the remaining 780,000 would fail with major defects.

Since March 30, only around 24 per cent of the vehicles that were originally due an MoT have been tested. However, Kwik Fit has found that almost half of drivers plan to go to the end of the extension, and that eight per cent of those will do so as they believe there is something wrong with their car and don’t want to risk it failing.

Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, said: “Unfortunately, our experience shows that many people who think their car is safe are actually driving a vehicle with dangerous or major defects – the physical MoT test is a vital way to help ensure the safety of those drivers, and the other road users around them.”