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tax disc demise blamed for rise in expired Mots

A report from the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) and Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) has revealed that since the removal of the paper tax disc, 91.2% of garages have seen an increase in the number of customers bringing in cars that have an expired MOT.

A survey was conducted due to concerns that an increasing number of motorists appear to be driving their cars without an MOT as a result of the Government’s changes to road tax in 2014, when the system was digitalised and the paper tax disc was abolished.

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. Now that the system has been digitalised, however, consumers who pay for their road tax monthly receive no reminders that their tax is due, and therefore potentially forget to MOT their car.

This means that road users could unknowingly be driving their vehicle without a valid MOT, becoming a danger on the road to themselves, passengers, other drivers and pedestrians. Drivers can also be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

A survey was distributed across the motor trade, and the results found that 43.8% of the trade had noticed a significant increase in MOTs where the vehicle is out of test since the road tax changes came in, and 91.2% overall had seen an increase of some kind.


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