I was pulled over by the police the other day. Not for speeding, or doing anything daft, but because my MOT had expired in November.
Unfortunately I hadn’t noted in my diary the expiry date when I bought the car, and it hadn’t been previously MOT’d by my local garage so I had no idea that it had ran out. Ignorance is not an excuse, but as I pointed out to the officer that stopped me (and he agreed), you receive a notice in the post when your Road Tax is up for renewal, and multiple reminders from your insurance company when your insurance is approaching the renewal date, so why don’t you get a reminder for the MOT?
The DVLA sends out reminders for expiring Road Tax as it gains by you, the motorist, having to fork out anything up to £1000 for the right to drive on badly maintained roads and have your wheels and suspension wrecked by potholes.
Likewise the insurance company obviously benefits in a similar way. What about the MOT test though? The same database the police refer to in their checks which holds entries confirming when a vehicle has valid Tax and Insurance also notes if there is a current MOT, and the same system which issues the tax reminder could very easily also spit out a letter in the post (or, heaven forbid actually move into the 21st century and send an email) reminding you of the MOT expiry date.
Therefore the reason nobody issues MOT reminders (except for your garage, if they’ve done it for your vehicle before), is because nobody gains anything from it. Or do they?
Think about how many vehicles are pulled over because the owner has innocently forgotten about their MOT. Sending out a reminder would save the huge waste of police time, admin time and your time.
So, next time you get an MOT test done, or buy a new car – please put the date in your calendar for next year.