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VERTU MOTORS WARNS OF MOT BACKLOG CONCERNS

03/08/2020

3/8/2020
Vertu Motors, one of the UK’s largest motor retailers, which has 136 MOT testing centres across the country, is warning motorists not to risk driving illegally as the rules for MOTs are changed.


Cars ordinarily needing MOTs, as well as those due under the rules of the MOT extension, will create a significantly increased demand for testing appointments in October through to January, and drivers are being urged to book their MOT over the summer when demand is likely to be less.


Following the easing of lockdown restrictions, all drivers whose vehicle is due for an MOT test from 1 August will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle. Drivers with an MOT due date before 1 August will still receive the six-month exemption from testing, but can have their vehicle tested sooner if they wish.

According to the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), five million fewer MOT tests were carried out in April and May 2020 than in the same months last year.

Although the Government stressed that all vehicles must continue to be properly maintained and kept in a “roadworthy condition”, with the risk of prosecution if a vehicle is found to be unsafe, driving associations including the AA and RAC have raised safety concerns. The annual MOT test offers great peace of mind that the key safety aspects of a car’s condition have been thoroughly checked by a professional.

Robert Forrester, chief executive of Vertu Motors plc, said: “We all saw the stampede for hairdressing appointments when the government gave the green light for reopening, and this is what could happen at MOT testing centres in October.

“If everyone tries to book an MOT at once capacity in the UK motor sector will be challenged. With many millions of drivers taking advantage of the MOT extension it is sensible to make an appointment at the earliest opportunity.

“Delaying could easily lead to a frustrating situation where the vehicle is not legal to drive and even lead to serious safety concerns if the roadworthiness of the car or van has not been checked for a significant time.”

For more information on MOTs and the safety precautions in place at Vertu Motors test centres - https://www.vertumotors.com/aftersales/mot/

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Notes to editors:

Vertu Motors plc (which trades under the Bristol Street Motors, Macklin Motors, Vertu Toyota, Vertu Honda, Vertu Volkswagen, Vertu Mercedes-Benz, Vertu Kia and Farnell Jaguar Land Rover brands) was formed in late 2006 to acquire and consolidate UK motor retail businesses. The group was founded as a new entrant into the UK motor retail sector and is listed on the AIM market (UK:VTU).

In 2017, the Group became the first major UK motor retailer to offer customers the ability to purchase a used vehicle entirely online with the launch of Bristol Street Motors Buy Online. The platform enables customers to buy a used vehicle in as little as five minutes if they have the funds in place, arrange financial packages if they don’t, and have the vehicle delivered to any UK mainland home address.

Since flotation in December 2006, the Group has established itself as a major player in the United Kingdom automotive retail sector. The Group currently operates 133 franchised sales outlets and 3 non-franchised sales operations, representing 24 manufacturers, from 110 locations across the UK.

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