A survey by has revealed a surprising statistic about the UK’s cars – nearly 5% of them may not have a valid MOT.

With 20,000 motorists in the survey, 1,663 were found not to have a valid MOT for one of their vehicles. On average, 5.1% of cars in the survey did not have a current, valid MOT, which equates to roughly 1.5 million of the UK’s 27 million registered cars.

Absence of a valid MOT is not an indicator that these cars are unroadworthy and there may be many cars that have have an MOT but have become unroadworthy since their last test, which is merely an annual and fairly basic examination.

Many of these motorists may not be deliberately driving an untested car either – many simply forget to check whether their vehicle's MOT is due for renewal. However, with just the registration plate and make of vehicle the MOT status of a car can easily be checked online.

An MOT certificate is a condition of many car insurance policies, which means that just as many cars could be motoring around with invalid insurance as a result.

If you drive a car without a valid MOT, you can face a fine of up to £1,000, which makes the average £54 cost of the test seem pretty insignificant. If you think you might be one of the 1.5 million, dig out your documents and check today!

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

December 22, 2015

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