Drivers are being urged to book their MOT tests ‘immediately’ to avoid being caught up in a deluge of tests expected in October.

There are fears that if drivers don’t act immediately and only book their MOT once their six-month extension has ended, the UK’s MOT testing network could struggle with a deluge of MOT tests later this year.

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) chairman Stuart James said, “We are urging consumers to book their test immediately – even if their car already has the six-month extension applied”.

The IGA expressed concerns that if drivers don’t act straight away, there will be problems from October.

“We’ll be facing a situation where garages will be tying to test the usual number of cars expected for the month of October, as well as getting through a six-month backlog of cars,” Stuart said.

The IGA’s views are strengthened by the RAC and its latest survey, which has found that 70% of its network of approved garages anticipate significantly more demand in October.

RAC head of motoring services, Adam O’Neill, said, “In many ways, this is an ideal time for people to get their cars booked in for an MOT whether they’ve already taken advantage of the automatic extension or not”.

O’Neill added, “The message from us is simple – our garages are fully open and all are operating to our Covid-19 code of conduct to help keep customers and staff safe”.