UK drivers cover an estimated 216m miles a year without an MOT

A study of more than 2,000 drivers by company car insurance firm Direct Line for Business found that almost a fifth had “accidentally” driven their car …

British motorists drive an estimated 216 million miles a year in vehicles that do not have a valid MOT, according to new research.

More on the MOT test:

A study of more than 2,000 drivers by company car insurance firm Direct Line for Business found that almost a fifth had “accidentally” driven their car for at least a week after the MOT certificate had expired in the past five years. Even more worryingly, eight percent confessed to having driven without a valid MOT certificate for more than six months.

Rusted car a definite MOT fail in the UK

Of those who accidentally drove without a valid MOT for a week, almost half (45 percent) said they only drove once, but eight percent admitted to driving five or more times. Assuming the average motorist drives 21.6 miles every day, Direct Line says this means Brits could have covered as many as 216 million miles each year without a valid MOT certificate.

MOT certificates are a legal requirement for all cars used on the public road, unless they are electric goods vehicles registered before March 1, 2015, tractors or some classic cars first registered more than 40 years ago. Driving a vehicle that needs an MOT but does not have one is punishable by a fine of up to £1,000.

Mechanic inspecting car with torch

The MOT test involves checking over key vehicle components and ensuring the car is safe to be used on the road. Any faults will fall into one of four categories, ranging from ‘dangerous’ to ‘advisory’, via ‘major’ and ‘minor’. Vehicles with dangerous or major faults will fail, while minor and advisory faults will be noted down and should be monitored and fixed if necessary.

According to Direct Line for Business’ study, men are more likely than women to have driven without a valid MOT, with 20 percent of men claiming to have forgotten the test compared with 15 percent of women. Meanwhile those aged 18-34 are much more likely to forget than 35-54-year olds or 55-year olds, of whom just nine percent admitted to having driven without an MOT.

Halfords Autocentre MOT Service and Tyres centre in Basingstoke UK

Regionally, a third (32 percent) of Londoners admitted to driving without a valid MOT for a week, while 25 percent of drivers in the North East confessed to the same offence. Rounding out the top four were the North West (20 percent) and Yorkshire (19 percent).

Matt Boatwright, head of Direct Line for Business, said: “Keeping a vehicle roadworthy is a legal requirement and essential from a safety perspective for both the person driving and others on the road. We understand that having to turn down work because your van is in the garage can be frustrating, however not having a valid MOT could result in a hefty fine and in some cases lead to you losing your licence.”

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MSTS Becomes First FinTech Company to be Approved as European Electronic Toll Service …

MSTS is a financial technology company, working globally with B2B companies across transportation, manufacturing, retail and eCommerce. MSTS’ …

MSTS Tolls will provide EETS-compliant hardware and software solutions for transportation companies across Europe

RIJSWIJK, the Netherlands, Feb. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — MSTS, a global B2B payment and credit solutions provider, today announced that its MSTS Tolls division has been registered as a European Electronic Toll Service (EETS) provider.

As the first FinTech company, and seventh overall provider, to be approved with EETS since its inception in 2012, MSTS will provide customizable hardware and software solutions to support transportation companies across Europe and issue a proprietary EETS toll box.

MSTS Tolls, with more than 30 years of tolling experience, manages toll cards, guarantees payments and contracts with more than 20 European toll operators, allowing fleets to focus on their business – transportation. Using MSTS EETS-compliant toll boxes with backend payment processing, fleet managers can easily manage payments through a user-friendly, proprietary customer portal with mobile functionality. MSTS will also offer its solution as a white-labeled solution to partners.

“We’re bringing a technology-first, customer-centric and innovative approach to transport companies and our partners with our EETS solution,” said Inez Berkhof, VP EMEA, MSTS.

Said Brandon Spear, MSTS president: “A fully implemented EETS will change the entire landscape of how road user charging is managed across Europe. The European Commission has recognized the need for technological innovation in a space largely occupied by government subsidies only providing a local toll payment solution. We innately understand the intricate, complex needs of fleet operations through our 30-plus year history in the transportation industry, and we use technology to solve for pain points related to toll payments.”

EETS is currently in effect in several toll domains: Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal, Poland A4, Hungary and Spain. In the future, it will span the whole of Europe. MSTS’ 30 years of expertise in toll payments, and its focus on technology, have contributed to the creation of an industry leading solution and state-of-the-art OBU for all EETS-compliant toll domains.

To learn more about transportation industry and tollway solutions from MSTS, visit https://www.multiservicetolls.com/.

About MSTS:

MSTS is a financial technology company, working globally with B2B companies across transportation, manufacturing, retail and eCommerce. MSTS’ Credit as a Service solution accelerates business commerce by streamlining payments and A/R processes. On behalf of its clients, MSTS processes $5 billion in transactions per year and collects $370 million each month. MSTS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of World Fuel Services Corporation, has 40 years of experience underwriting businesses for credit and facilitates transactions for its customers in over 190 countries and territories.

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AAA recommends car care before Thanksgiving travel

AAA has also partnered with Lyft to offer free rides to customers at select AAA Car Care Centers. A membership isn’t required for the free maintenance …

MIAMI VALLEYAAA suggests motorist get their cars checked out and tuned up before Thanksgiving holiday travel to avoid finding themselves stranded, according to a release.

“AAA recommends motorists use a simple checklist to determine their vehicle’s fall and winter maintenance needs,” said AAA Tire & Auto Manager Jon Bucher. “Many of the items on the list can be inspected by a car owner in less than an hour, but others should be performed by a certified technician.”

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To help drivers prepare for winter, AAA is offering a free bumper-to-bumper vehicle maintenance inspection at all Miami Valley area AAA Car Care Center, read the release. AAA has also partnered with Lyft to offer free rides to customers at select AAA Car Care Centers.

A membership isn’t required for the free maintenance inspection or Lyft ride.

For more information about the Thanksgiving travel forecast, visit the AAA News Rooms website.

MIT gives one-star review to Lyft, Uber over abysmal $3.37/hr pay

An analysis published by MIT has found that Uber and Lyft drivers in the US only net around $3.37 per hour on average, and nearly a third are probably losing money after car costs. A study [PDF] put out this week, and carried out by Stanford researchers Stephen Zoepf, Stella Chen, Paa Adu and …

An analysis published by MIT has found that Uber and Lyft drivers in the US only net around $3.37 per hour on average, and nearly a third are probably losing money after car costs.

A study [PDF] put out this week, and carried out by Stanford researchers Stephen Zoepf, Stella Chen, Paa Adu and Gonzalo Pozo, has found that nearly half of all drivers could actually claim that for tax purposes their work was a net loss.

The investigation, seeking to get a full picture of the economics of ride-sharing services beyond the companies’ own numbers, combined self-reported revenue figures with driver surveys and vehicle maintenance information.

The conclusion: driving for Lyft or Uber doesn’t always pay. In fact, many times it won’t even net you a taxable income, according to this study.

The researchers said that with the median income of $3.37 per hour, some 74 per cent of drivers make less than their state’s minimum wage.

What’s worse, with a median income of $0.59 per mile and expenses of $0.30 per mile, the researchers estimate that for as many as 30 per cent of people who drive, the fares aren’t even enough to cover the insurance, vehicle maintenance, and fuel costs.

The report helps to explain why many drivers see underwhelming returns from their gig economy jobs. While the work does allow for flexible hours and the freedom to choose when to work, multiplestudies have shown a “side hustle” with Uber or Lyft isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Silver, er, aluminum-foil lining

There are some benefits, however. The researchers say that with earnings per-mile being so low, most of the cyber-serfs will not have to pay any tax on the money they do make from ride-share driving.

“Drivers are eligible to use a Standard Mileage Deduction for tax purposes ($0.54/mile in 2016) which far exceeds median costs per mile of $0.30/mile. Because of this deduction, most ride-hailing drivers are able to declare profits that are substantially lower,” the paper stated.

“Mean drivers who use a Standard Mileage Deduction would declare taxable profit of $175 rather than the $661 earned. These numbers suggest that approximately 74 per cent of driver profit is untaxed.”

For what it’s worth, neither Uber nor Lyft is making any money on this stuff either.

We asked Uber and Lyft for comment. A spokesperson for Lyft told us:

Drivers are an integral part of Lyft’s success. An ever-growing number of individuals around the country are using Lyft as a flexible way to earn income, and we will continue to engage with our driver community to help them succeed. We have not yet reviewed this study in detail, but an initial review shows some questionable assumptions.

Uber could not be reached at time of writing, although earlier a spokesperson told The Guardian it reckoned the study’s methodology and findings were “deeply flawed.” ®

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