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Drivers warned as millions could be driving illegally because of a simple MOT test error

New research has suggested that drivers are still unaware of MOT rules, as nearly one in five believe there is a grace period after an MOT expires. Some believe that a motorist can drive up to three weeks after the expiry date of an MOT.

The percentage of motorists who admitted to missing a renewal was even higher, with more than a quarter of respondents saying they had already authorized an MOT to expire.

This represents up to 7.9 million vehicles that could miss their annual deadline.

Ryan Fulthorpe, automotive expert at GoCompare, warned drivers of the consequences they face if they are not careful about their MOT expiry date.

He told Express.co.uk: “The worrying finding of this research is that almost one in five drivers believe there is a grace period in which they can drive their car, despite the MOT having expired – which is not the case.

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A third of motorists with that many vehicles believe there is a grace period after an MOT expires.

Alfa Romeo drivers were found to miss the renewal date the most often, with 42.9% of owners likely to let their MOT run out.

Fiat drivers, on the other hand, were the best prepared, with only 20% of owners saying they didn’t get to the garage in time.

Mr Fulthorpe also pointed out that drivers should be particularly aware of MOT tests, as they will not be warned in advance when they run out.

He added: “Other significant events, such as tax expirations, will be communicated to motorists, but MOT expiration is something that drivers need to follow up on their own.

“Motorists can renew an MOT up to a month before it expires, but you cannot drive a vehicle beyond that date unless you have it repaired or a pre-arranged MOT test.

“A technical inspection is of crucial importance to guarantee the safety of your car in order to protect yourself and other road users.”

It comes after Boris Johnson and Grant Shapps proposed changing MOT rules to only require drivers to renew every two years.

It was believed to be a way for drivers to save money during the cost of living crisis that is forcing millions of people across the country to struggle to pay household bills.

Number 10 said the prime minister wanted to explore ‘innovative ways’ to ease the crisis, with proposals being sent to the government’s domestic and economic strategy committee for further discussion.

Every vehicle three years or older must have a current MOT certificate, which drivers must renew once a year.

The maximum cost for an MOT for a car is £54.85, while road users have 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 a year.