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One In Ten Motorists Think MOT Checks Are Optional

Kwik Fit | Monday 21st April 2014 12:00pm

Some research we conducted is a real eye-opener. Kwik Fit research reveals that 3.4 million drivers (9%) were not aware that a valid MOT certificate was a legal requirement for cars over three years old in the UK.

Our findings also highlighted similarly widespread levels of ignorance with regards to other motoring obligations, with 9% of drivers admitting they didn’t realise car insurance was compulsory and 10% saying the same about a valid tax disc.

We also questioned motorists about the need to service their car annually, and found that a fifth (20%) incorrectly believed this was a legal obligation. A further 46% mistakenly thought that the law required them to carry a spare tyre in the UK, and 18% incorrectly said the same about an emergency warning triangle.

Every year our expert technicians complete over 700,000 MOT checks at over 500 centres nationwide. To help you prepare for your MOT check we have created the following video to get you up to speed. Enjoy!

Why do I have to have an MOT?

The MOT test is a legal requirement because it helps to reduce accidents on roads due to poor vehicle maintenance. MOT testing checks all aspects of your vehicle that are considered ‘safety critical’ – that is, the things that would cause an accident if they failed – and ensures that they meet the safety criteria.

For example, almost 5000 accidents a year are caused by faulty brakes. Loose or worn brakes are something that can be easily inspected by a qualified technician and replaced or tightened, whether during servicing or the MOT test itself.

For more information on MOT tests and what inspections are done, visit https://www.kwik-fit.com/mot.

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If your MOT certificate needs renewing, get in touch with your local Kwik Fit.

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