DVSA issues vital reminder following the rollout of major MOT test change

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Months after a huge MOT test change, the DVSA has issued an urgent reminder to all motorists.

Starting in July, real-time data is used to include information about any pending recalls into MOT test certificates.

It implies that when a car passes or fails an annual test, drivers will be informed of critical safety recalls. 

Road users won’t be able to miss the new recall notice because it will be placed clearly on the front page of a DVSA MOT certificate.

But a lot of car owners might not know what this notice actually implies, which could be detrimental to the impacted drivers.

Posting on X, formerly Twitter, the DVSA explained: “Car recalls now appear on your MOT certificate.

“If you have a recall on your certificate, your vehicle manufacturer should tell you: What the fault is. What you need to do next. Who you should contact.”

The DVSA claims that motorists will usually not have to pay to get any faults fixed.

Using the online MOT Status Check, the DVSA accurately inserted recall data that was obtained from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

In the upcoming months, more manufacturers are anticipated to sign up for the programme, which will greatly benefit drivers nationwide.

Sue Robinson, chief executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) backed the new update earlier this year.

She previously explained: “The new MOT recall policy is welcomed by the NFDA and is something that we have called for inclusion in MOTs for many years.

“It will be a significant boost for motorists that have missed their free safety repairs due to frequent changes to registered keeper data on DVLA files, but also potential buyers of used car vehicles that would like to check a vehicle has an up-to-date safety record.”

Posting on X, formerly Twitter, the DVSA explained: “Car recalls now appear on your MOT certificate.

“If you have a recall on your certificate, your vehicle manufacturer should tell you: What the fault is. What you need to do next. Who you should contact.”

The DVSA states that drivers will often not be charged for any repairs made to rectify any issues.

Using the online MOT Status Check, the DVSA accurately inserted recall data that was obtained from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Owners of cars that have safety recalls on them are required to take prompt action or risk facing fines.

According to GOV.UK, motorists are legally responsible for making sure their cars are kept in a safe condition.

Failing to get a car fixed could put owners at serious risk and may affect any insurance claim.

Driving a vehicle in an unsafe condition can result in fines of up to £2,500 for drivers in certain situations.

Road users may also be hit with three penalty points in another blow.

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