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By Felix Reeves & Alexander Smail

According to the latest figures, many drivers are still not aware of MOT rules — which could leave them with a hefty fine.

Almost 20% of motorists believe there is a grace period after an MOT lapses, while some believe they can drive for as long as three weeks after the expiry date of an MOT.

The number of drivers that revealed that had missed a renewal in the past was even greater — with over 25% of respondents stating that they had let an MOT expire.

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As reported by the Daily Express, this equates to approximately 7.9 million vehicles that may miss the yearly deadline.

Driving expert at GoCompare Ryan Fulthorpe has warned motorists of the dangers of not paying attention to the expiry date of their MOT.

He said: “The worrying finding from this research is that almost one in five drivers believe that there is a grace period where they can drive their car, despite the MOT having lapsed - which is not the case.

“In fact, after its expiry, the only time it is suitable to drive a car is to travel to the MOT centre to renew a certificate or to take the vehicle to be repaired.

“Motorists risk up to a £1,000 fine for driving a car without a valid MOT.

“Drivers are expected to be responsible for the legal commitments that come with owning a car.”

The figures also reveal that drivers who own at least four cars are less likely to know about this MOT rule, with around 33% of drivers with that many vehicles believing that there is a grace period after an MOT expires.

It was found that Alfa Romeo drivers were most likely to miss their renewal date, with 42.9% of drivers likely to allow their MOT to run out.

Conversely, Fiat drivers were found to be most prepared when renewing their MOT, with just 20% of drivers stating they had not renewed it in time in the past.

Mr Fulthorpe also stressed that motorists must be especially aware of MOT tests, as they will not be given warning when it runs out.

He continued: “Other important events, such as tax expiry, will be communicated with motorists, but MOT expiry is something that drivers must keep track of themselves.

“Motorists can renew an MOT up to a month before its expiry, but you cannot drive a vehicle past this date unless you are taking it to be fixed or to a pre-arranged MOT test.

“An MOT is of critical importance to ensure that your car is safe in order to protect yourself and other road users.”

It follows the news that Boris Johnson and Grant Shapps has suggested altering MOT rules so that motorists are only required to renew it every two years.

The change was proposed in an effort to lower costs for drivers amid the worsening cost of living crisis in the UK.

The UK Government stated the Prime Minister wanted to look into “innovative ways” to help lift the burden for households, with proposals being sent to the government’s domestic and economic strategy committee for further discussion.

Every vehicle that is three-years-old or over must have a current MOT certificate, which drivers must renew once a year.

The maximum cost of an MOT for a car is £54.85, while road users need to pay £29.65 for an MOT test for a standard motorcycle.

Many on social media, however, pointed out that the potential change to having biennial MOTs would save drivers just £27.43 per year.

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