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Will vehicles be safe for Monday’s school run?

Chirs Price DVSA Head of MOT Policy

In a press release issued by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) which is the government agency responsible for the MOT, Head of MOT Policy Chris Price (pictured above) says to motorists who may be using their vehicles for the first time for some time for Monday’s school run:

“whatever your essential journey, make it SAFE”

This strong advice comes in the wake of a significant increase in MOT Failures between April and December 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, viz:

The government’s main concern is that not all vehicles whose MOTs were extended for six months during the lockdown in 2020 have since been MOT Tested. And as they may well be needed for the ‘school run’ on Monday 8th March, those vehicles may not be in the best condition possible, and may even have dangerous defects.

To assist motorists, the DVSA have suggested that the vehicle is at least ‘health checked’ or serviced, and they have offered some detailed advice as to how to check some of the key safety-related items before using a vehicle. Their advice is as follows:

Service or health check if needed 

Air in tyres 

Fill up screenwash 

This tyre is clearly severely damaged, but wear, cuts and bulges, although not as obvious, can be dangerous when subject to the forces of cornering and braking, so it pays to keep a close eye on your car’s tyres.

Examine lights & tyre tread


Tyre tread

At MOT Testing we share the DVSA’s concerns, although the only real way of making sure your vehicle is safe is to have it serviced and/or MOT Tested. The MOT Test is, and always has been a key contributor to road safety in the UK, and is actually in some ways a better gauge of a vehicle’s roadworthiness than the annual service, as some safety-related items in an MOT inspection are not routinely checked during a service. Key safety related examples are:

Remember too, that should you have a serious accident caused by a defect on your vehicle which would have been detected during an MOT inspection, and your car did not have a valid Test certificate at the time of the accident, that would almost certainly invalidate your insurance ­– which could become a very expensive oversight!

We would urge all our readers to make sure that their vehicles always have a valid MOT certificate unless they are exempt (for example, classic cars over 40 years old).

Look after yourself and your family – drive safely, and get your car MOT Tested to make sure it’s safe for yourself and other road users.

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