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Motor Vehicles: Testing

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 38515, tabled on 21 April 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimates his Department has made of how many drivers in (a) the Scottish Borders, (b) Scotland, and (c) the UK will benefit from the MOT extension due to the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

28 April 2020

The MOT data held by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency relates to vehicles, not to the number of drivers who use those vehicles. This data is not disaggregated based on country or region but represents the GB vehicle fleet as a whole.

In April 2020 there are 2,950,295 vehicles due for either a repeat MOT or due for first MOT. In May 2020 there are 3,002,339 vehicles due for repeat or first MOT. In June 2020 there are 2,979,869 vehicles due for repeat or first MOT.

Based on the duration of social distancing measures determined by the Government, the number of vehicles able to benefit from the exclusion to MOT testing will vary. If the legislation allowing the exclusions is no longer required, it may be revoked.