Drivers risking road traffic accidents to save money on MOT

Published: 13/09/2013

Over two thirds of drivers have admitted to driving a car for up to a week without a valid MOT, according to research by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The same study also found nearly a quarter of road users (24%) have driven a potentially defective vehicle for up to a month.

Young drivers (18-24 year olds) were found to be most culpable of risking safety with 39% failing to renew their MOT in time whilst, regionally, drivers in the South West were the most likely to drive without a valid MOT (41%).

An MOT test checks that vehicles meet road safety. Failure to have a valid MOT could increase a driver’s chances of causing a road traffic accident.

According to the latest Reported Road Casualties Annual Report from the Department of Transport, over 2000 road accidents were caused by vehicle defects in 2011 with 68% of these accidents a result of faulty tyres or brakes.

Kevin Smith is a specialist Personal Injury Solicitor at Goldsmith Williams:

“Keeping a car on the road is not a cheap affair; according to research motorists now spend nearly £200 more on fuel than they did a year ago. So while it is of great concern that many drivers are delaying, or even forgoing, a valid MOT it is not all that surprising.

“However in order to minimise road traffic accidents it is essential all drivers ensure their vehicles undergo regular checks and services. Otherwise this cost-cutting exercise could end up costing them much more the price of an MOT.”

Content correct at time of publication

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