Out-of-date MoTs cost drivers over £35 million in five years

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Freedom of Information request has revealed a high amount of penalties

Drivers have been fined more than £35 million in five years as a result of penalties for driving without a valid MoT.

A Freedom of Information (FoI) request by Carbuyer found that since 2012, 424,316 drivers have been penalised for driving without an in-date MOT.

A fine is typically £100, having increased from £60 in August 2013. However, these can rise to £1,000 if the case reaches court.

Figures from the 36 police forces who replied to the FOI showed that they earned an average of £7.5 million from MoT fines in five years, with ANPR cameras used to fine drivers with out-of-date MoTs.

The request also revealed that West Yorkshire Police issued 121,000 penalties to drivers since 2012 – the highest number out of all police forces. London’s Metropolitan Police came second with just over 64,000 penalties.

A spokesman from West Yorkshire Police said: “Driving a vehicle without a valid MoT is taken seriously. The proactive work that our officers continue to do shows that this is an unacceptable risk and as such anyone found without a valid MoT will be dealt with positively.”

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency recently announced that it was developing a reminder service for MoTs, similar to that already in place for road tax.

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