DVSA issues fresh MOT warning to all UK drivers just weeks after rule change

The DVSA has sounded the alarm for all UK drivers with a fresh MOT test warning, coming just weeks after new rule changes took effect.

In a significant call to action, the DVSA is advising motorists to avoid leaving their garage check to the "last minute". They've issued a reminder that there's no need to delay, as MOT certificates can be renewed up to a month before they expire.

This crucial advice was broadcasted on social media channel X earlier this week. Their message was clear: "You can take your car for its MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out.

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You'll still keep the same renewal date for the following year. So there's no need to wait until the last minute! " Following this latest alert, the Express reported new data from the Department for Transport showing the scale of MOT failures in the UK.

A shocking 2,043,794 vehicles did not pass the test last year. The advisory comes shortly after the DVSA implemented a new MOT rule change impacting certain vehicle owners, reports the Mirror.

As of April 29, HGV owners will no longer receive printed MOT pass certificates, marking a shift towards digital documentation.

While fail certificates will still be issued in print, pass information will be available exclusively online via a dedicated portal, accessible around the clock. Physical certificates will be provided when necessary, such as for individuals without access to the internet.

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Initially targeting HGV owners, it's expected that this digital move will eventually expand further.

The DVSA has declared: "Now that digital certificates are available, from April 29 this year we are going to stop printing MOT pass certificates, by default, at the time of the test. In most cases, you won't need the physical piece of paper and I'd encourage you to view the vehicle's record on MOT history instead ensuring the details on the certificate are correct and check for any advisory items."

However, this change in policy has caused quite a stir among drivers, with a recent Express poll revealing strong opposition. An overwhelming 87.7 percent of participants voiced their complete disapproval of the move.

In contrast, only 9.8 percent welcomed the idea, while 2.5 percent were still on the fence.