Halfords is recruiting hundreds of new MOT testers and vehicle technicians for its nationwide Autocentres as a result of increased demand.

More than 250 new jobs will be created by Halfords, after the firm saw a surge in demand for MOT bookings, which comes as a result of an MOT extension granted to cars with an MOT that expired between March and September. This led to a big backlog, the firm said.

Halfords also said that demand for MOTs has come from people buying used cars and looking at alternatives to public transport during the pandemic.

Andy Randall, managing director of Halfords Autocentres, said: “MOT testing was paused during the pandemic and as a result we’ve seen bookings almost double during autumn and winter, with motorists joining millions of others who have held off from getting their car tested, so we need more MOT testers now.

“We’re seeing no slowdown in the demand for motoring services as the public continue to avoid public transport, so a recruitment drive for MOT testers and this fast-track initiative is essential to keep Britain moving.”

Halfords has raised its profit expectations several times during the pandemic, with the firm’s most recent forecast expected to give it a £55m profit this year. Alongside a surge in demand for MOTs, the rise in staycations and cycling has also helped Halfords’ fortunes.