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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

Helping motorists to remember their MOTs this year

Date: Tuesday 30 March 2021

Over the last month, the DVSA has said it has been great to see garages using the SAFE checks toolkit they shared at the start of March.

They have spotted lots of the ‘Whatever your essential journey’ graphics being used and shared on social media, particularly through Facebook pages.

They are hoping that it has helped garages to encourage motorists to book a service or health check, as they’ve started to use their vehicles more regularly for essential journeys.

MOT exemptions – 1 year on
March 30th marks the anniversary of the first MOT exemptions issued during the pandemic.

Almost 10 million vehicles were given an exemption between 30 March and the end of July last year.

The DVSA knows that the pandemic and MOT exemptions have had a considerable impact on the industry.

They would like to thank everyone for their positive response to these challenges; helping the most vulnerable customers, adapting workshops to keep staff safe and dealing with changes in test volumes after the exemptions ended.

Motorists will need reminders
For motorists, the hard work has paid off. In the latest DVSA survey, almost two thirds of motorists said the pandemic had no impact on their MOT experience.

But many motorists will still find it difficult to remember their MOT date this year, because it’s likely to be in a different month. So, the DVSA is going to be promoting itsr MOT reminder service to motorists on social media over the next few weeks and months.

If garages want to promote the MOT reminder service to customers, they should follow DVSA on social media and share and retweet content on Twitter: @DVSAgovuk and Facebook:

DVSA is also hoping to get some stories in the media. They want to show motorists why it’s particularly important for them to sign up for a reminder this year, given the millions of exemptions issued.