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MOT rush expected in September: book now to avoid £1,000 fine

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Motorists are being warned to book their MOT as soon as possible or risk a £1,000 fine.

The AA is expecting a flurry of bookings in September, as millions of people who delayed their MOT during the pandemic rush to test centres.

Drivers were given a six-month exemption from MOT testing last March.

According to the motoring group, a fifth of drivers – 5.5 million people – took advantage of the grace period.

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, said: “MOT centres are already feeling the strain and with ‘Super September’ looming, savvy drivers can get ahead of the game.

“Usually people leave booking their MOT to the last possible moment, drivers won’t have that luxury this time.”

Research by the AA found that three quarters (75 per cent) of drivers put their vehicle in for a full service every year, whereas a fifth (19 per cent) service their vehicle but less frequently than once a year.

One in 16 (6 per cent) drivers say they do not put their vehicle through a full service, with younger drivers and low income households the least likely to do so.

A regular service can keep costs down and potentially hold off a catastrophic repair bill.

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