Are you one of the 6.5 million car owners in the UK who year upon year forget to book in for their MOT? As you can see, you’re not alone. Yet, considering there are currently an estimated 26 million vehicles on our roads, it doesn’t take a mathematician to realise that this equates to a staggering 25% of road users – which is something of a scary thought. Especially when your insurance is invalid once your MOT runs out.
Let’s put it this way, from our research into the MOT failure stats we discovered 40% of cars fail their MOT upon first attempt. That means due to 25% of car owners forgetting about their MOT, around 1 in 10 cars will at some point be driving on our roads with not only an out of date MOT, but a car that is in an illegal and unsafe condition.
The solution? VOSA’s handy text reminder service offering subscribers a gentle nudge up the backside. It’s a great idea, especially when today we’re never far from our mobile phone.
By signing up you’ll receive 3 text reminders; 5 weeks, 2 weeks and 1 day before your MOT is due for renewal. It’s hardly a bombard of spam messages in your inbox. So, at only £1.50 it’s surely worth the price of a large bag of Maltesers? Even for those with the most prolific of memories.
To register just text your MOT number to 66848. Where do you find this? Dig out your last MOT test certificate (VT20) and you’ll find the 12 digit MOT number printed on the top left. The cost of the service (£1.50) is charged to your mobile phone; therefore if you have a mobile contract it will appear on your next statement or if you use a pay-as-you-go service, just make sure you have enough credit.
Once sent you’ll receive a text message to confirm your registration. And that’s it; you can put the strain of remembering your next MOT at the back of your mind.
If for any reason the system fails and you do not receive a text reminder, this is in no way a rational excuse for forgetting your vehicle MOT! So, despite the wonders of modern technology, it’s always worth going back to the tried and tested routes of popping it in your diary for backup.