September Could See MOT Workshop Backlogs
Continental Tyres are warning that this September could see huge MOT workshop backlogs and for fleet managers to get their ducks in a row, as it were.
Why could there be MOT backlogs?
The problem stems from when the Government announced during the height of the Covid Pandemic last year that MOTs could be postponed until September, a potential issue was being kicked down the road.
Understandably, the priorities of the country at the time meant the decision was a sensible and fair one. However, this year, with the Pandemic seemingly being gotten to grips with, the implications of the decisions taken last year now have to be dealt with – a surge in September MOTs being one of them.
The figures behind the issue
To give this some context, the increased numbers of MOTs highlight the issue.
Normally MOTs are fairly evenly spread throughout the year.
Last year, 5.3 million MOTs were postponed between March 30th – July 31st – with them being re-booked from September onwards.
This means that in September this year, there is an expected increase of 23% from the typical numbers from 2018 and 2019 (before the pandemic).
It doesn’t get any easier after that, with even greater increases in numbers in October, whilst in in November and December – there is expected to be 43% and 51% respectively more MOT tests than normal taking place.
What does this mean for Fleet operators?
The answer is simply to make sure you book MOT’s in with your workshops as soon as you can – bearing in mind the heightened demand.
Another consideration is that demand will be impacted on the usual “wear and tear” components such as tyres, brake discs and pads and other items which can cause MOT failures.
Being aware of these issues and planning now could save you time and money further down the line.