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Over five million fewer MOTs carried out in UK during lockdown

There could be a substantial amount of potentially unsafe vehicles on UK roads, as it was revealed that there were over five million fewer MOTs carried out in April and May this year than in the same months last year.

According to DVSA figures obtained by via a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, it found that a total of 2,153,768 MOTs have been carried out since March 30 this year. That compares to 7,166,056 carried out in 2019.

The British government granted all motorists with an MOT due from March 30 with a six-month extension as part of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Garages remained open for essential repair works however, as vehicles still have to be kept in a roadworthy condition.

Alex Buttle, director of, said: “More than two million motorists have chosen not to postpone their MOT tests since the government announced the extension at the end of March. And twice as many took their cars in last month compared to April.

“However, MOTs were still significantly down on last year, and that could mean there are a lot of potentially unsafe vehicles on UK roads.”

DVSA figures also show that 1,407,611 drivers took their vehicles in for an MOT during May, this is down 61 per cent on the number of tests in May 2019, (3.6 millon). Only 746,157 tests were carried out in April this year.