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.

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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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Uber passenger travelling through central London face an additional £1 surcharge on fares within the congestion charge zone as Transport for …

Uber passenger travelling through central London face an additional £1 surcharge on fares within the congestion charge zone as Transport for London strip the exemption for private hire vehicles from paying the levy.

Until this weekend, private hire vehicles did not have to pay the £11.50 London congestion charge which operates between 7am and 6pm on weekdays.

From Monday morning, most drivers for firms such Uber will have to pay the levy when entering the zone.

Uber has announced that passengers entering the congestion charge zone in London from Monday morning will have to pay an additional £1 levy on their fare after Transport for London scraps the private hire exemption to the £11.50 tax

Uber has announced that passengers entering the congestion charge zone in London from Monday morning will have to pay an additional £1 levy on their fare after Transport for London scraps the private hire exemption to the £11.50 tax

Uber has announced that passengers entering the congestion charge zone in London from Monday morning will have to pay an additional £1 levy on their fare after Transport for London scraps the private hire exemption to the £11.50 tax

The congestion charge zone is operational between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday. However, drivers with older cars will have to pay the Ultra-Low Emission

The congestion charge zone is operational between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday. However, drivers with older cars will have to pay the Ultra-Low Emission

The congestion charge zone is operational between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday. However, drivers with older cars will have to pay the Ultra-Low Emission

The ride-hailing app said the money will go directly to drivers to help cover the £11.50 daily fee charged by Transport for London (TfL).

Uber will add the £1 surcharge to every trip that enters the zone, even though the congestion charge only applies between 7am and 6pm on weekdays.

Drivers of private hire vehicles, such as Uber cars, will have to pay Transport for London’s congestion charge from Monday after previously being exempt.

Uber said it will not add its £1 surcharge to passengers using car-sharing service Uber Pool or wheelchair accessible vehicles.

A spokeswoman for the firm said: ‘The central London fee, adding £1 to trips in the capital, will go directly to drivers to help them cover the new congestion charge.

‘By exempting Uber Pool trips, we will help reduce traffic and toxicity in London.

From Monday morning, many motorists entering central London will have to bay the ultra-low emission charge, which operates around the clock

From Monday morning, many motorists entering central London will have to bay the ultra-low emission charge, which operates around the clock

From Monday morning, many motorists entering central London will have to bay the ultra-low emission charge, which operates around the clock

‘We share many of the same goals as the cities that we serve and are committed to addressing the same challenges: reducing individual car ownership, expanding transport access and tackling air pollution.’

Monday will also see the launch of the ultra-low emission zone (Ulez) in London.

Drivers of older, more polluting vehicles will pay a daily charge of £12.50 when they enter the congestion charge zone.

This is payable 24 hours a day and is in addition to the £11.50 congestion charge fee.

Meanwhile, drivers seeking to pay the congestion charge over the weekend were unable to complete the transaction after the website was being upgraded for Monday’s launch of the Ulez charge.

A TfL spokesperson said: ;While we make our final preparations for the world-leading Ultra Low Emission Zone which starts operating on April 8, as planned and advertised, customers are unable to pay the congestion charge on the TfL website over the weekend.

‘When we return to normal service in the early hours of Monday morning, customers will be able to pay again and, as usual, anyone who drove in the zone on Friday won’t be fined and will have until the end of the day on Monday to pay their charge.’

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Uber increase fares in central London to help pay congestion charge

Uber passengers will be charged an extra £1 for journeys in London’s congestion zone from next week. The popular taxi service said that the …

In brief

  • Uber Pool passengers and wheelchair-accessible vehicles will be exempt from the charge
  • The surcharge coincides with the launch of the ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ)

Uber passengers will be charged an extra £1 for journeys in London’s congestion zone from next week.

The popular taxi service said that the additional funds will contribute to the £11.50 daily fee its drivers must pay when entering the congestion zone in the city centre.

From Monday, a £1 surcharge will be added to all trips that enter the busy central zone, even though the charge only applies between 7am and 6pm on weekdays.

Passengers using Uber Pool, the car-sharing service, or wheelchair accessible vehicles will be exempt from the fee, however.

Uber “committed” to tackling air pollution

A spokesperson for Uber said: “The central London fee, adding £1 to trips in the capital, will go directly to drivers to help them cover the new congestion charge.

“By exempting Uber Pool trips, we will help reduce traffic and toxicity in London.

“We share many of the same goals as the cities that we serve and are committed to addressing the same challenges: reducing individual car ownership, expanding transport access and tackling air pollution.”

Read more:‘Uber drivers refused to allow me into their cars because of my assistance dog’

Ultra-low emission zone due to launch from Monday

Monday 8 April will also see the launch of the ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ).

The initiative has been introduced in an effort to reduce the capital’s toxic levels of air pollution.

Deadly gases and particulates in the air have been linked to thousands of premature deaths across the country and the capital is one of the worst affected areas.

Read more:Why London is one of the most polluted cities in the world – and why that matters

Research published in The Lancet Public Health Journal last year revealed that children living in inner city London exposed to high levels of pollution were growing up with a reduced lung capacity 5 per cent smaller than children elsewhere in the UK.

Drivers of older, more polluting cars will be required to pay a daily charge of £12.50 when they enter the congestion charge zone.

The fee will apply 24 hours a day and will exist in addition to the congestion charge.

From October 2021, the aim is to extend the boundary across the city, to a far larger area enclosed by the north and south circular roads.

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