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MOT test numbers recover by 45 per cent


New MOT test data from the DVSA shows MOT test numbers made a strong recovery between April and June of this year, following the disruption caused by last year’s MOT extension.

The DVSA data, obtained by through a Freedom of Information request, shows 45 per cent more MOTs took place in Q2 2021 than in Q2 2020.

Although a notable improvement on last year, test numbers were still down 32 per cent compared to Q2 2019. The six-month extension saw a huge decline in MOT test numbers between April and June last year, but a large increase between September and December as MOTs eligible for the extension took place later in the year.


Number of Class 4 MOT tests conducted monthly. Source: DVSA via a Freedom of Information request

The remainder of 2021 is expected to be busy again but to a lesser extent as the same period in 2020.

“While MOT test numbers between April and June are still some way off 2019 levels, it’s interesting to see numbers have recovered by almost half, or some 1.7 million tests,” commented Karen Rotberg, Co-Founder of

“That means approximately half of the 3.4 million additional MOT tests that took place between September and December last year have already been conducted. So, while this autumn and winter will still be busier than normal for garages, we don’t expect it to be quite to the same extent as last year.

“We knew the six-month MOT extension would have an impact lasting several years, but this data shows that in the first year alone, MOT numbers have already rebalanced somewhat.”

The recovery of MOT test numbers in the challenging second quarter of 2021 was likely driven by a combination of used cars being sold with a new MOT, and three-year-old cars having an MOT test for the first time.

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