A new study by Kwik Fit has revealed that 3.4 million drivers admitted they were not aware that an MoT certificate was a legal requirement for cars over three years old in the UK. That’s a worrying 9% of UK motorists.
The study highlighted similar misconceptions with regards to other motoring obligations, with 10% of drivers not realising that a valid tax disc is compulsory and 9% saying the same about car insurance.
On the flipside, some motorists were found to believe that regulations are stricter than they are in reality. As part of the study, Kwik Fit questioned drivers about the need to service their car annually and found that one fifth incorrectly thought this was a legal obligation. A further 46% mistakenly believed that the law required them to carry a spare tyre in the UK and 18% incorrectly said the same about an emergency warning triangle.
Kwik Fit’s research also revealed uncertainty as to what checks are included in an MoT, raising concerns that millions of drivers could be relying on this test to ensure the safety of items not covered by the standard MoT test. Around 40% mistakenly believed their car's oil levels would be checked as part of an MoT and 38% expected their battery condition to be assessed. Motorists also presumed checks would be carried out on air filters (30%) and brake fluid (58%) with some even believing that their car could fail its MoT based on its cleanliness (5%).
Checks included in an MoT test -
· Vehicle Identification Number
· Registration Plate
· Steering & Suspension
· Wipers and washer bottle
· Fuel System
· Wheels & Tyres
Roger Griggs, director of communications at Kwik Fit, commented: “This widespread confusion amongst motorists is alarming and raises real concerns over driver safety and compliance with the law. It's vital that car owners don't rely entirely on an MoT test for vehicle maintenance, as servicing is a fundamental part of maintaining both the safety and value of a vehicle, even though it isn't a legal requirement.
“Our advice to motorists is to make sure they get the basics right, which include insurance, MoT, servicing and tax, as these are essential for keeping a vehicle safe and legal.”
Of those questioned in Kwik Fit's survey, 7% - equivalent to 2.6 million motorists - admitted to having driven without a valid MoT certificate in the past and 21% say they have attempted to try and fix vehicle faults and damages themselves to ensure their car would pass its MoT test.
Younger drivers were found to have the least knowledge of what was and was not required by law in order to drive in the UK with 15% of those aged 18 – 24 saying they thought a tax disc was optional and 15% saying the same about insurance. A third of all young drivers surveyed also said they thought an annual service was compulsory.
For help and advice on how to prepare for your MOT, watch this short video to help you pass first time:
If you have any doubts about your vehicle passing its MoT test, contact your local Kwik Fit centre who will check it for you absolutely free of charge.
PolicyBuddy would like to thank Kwik Fit for the contribution of this guest post. You can book your MoT online now via the PolicyBuddy website by clicking here.