28 Feb 2024

DVSA reveals top 20 postcodes for MOT demand during autumn

Areas where demand for MOTs will be highest this autumn have been revealed by the DVSA. All but one postcode across the UK will see demand for tests rise by over 50% in October and November, as drivers given an MOT exemption look to get a test performed at the same time as those normally due MOTs during the period. 

Postcodes where MOT demand will be highest in October and November:

 Postcode/postal town          Increase on  typical year

1 B (Birmingham)                59.36%

2 S (Sheffield)                     56.07%

3 NG (Nottingham)              57.16% 4

 LE (Leicester)                     63.11%

5 PE (Peterborough)             62.67%

6 BS (Bristol)                       57.42%

7 G (Glasgow)                      68.27%

8 CF (Cardiff)                       62.79%

9 NE (Newcastle upon Tyne)  59.95%

10 RG (Reading)                   61.88%

11 M (Manchester)                61.21%

12 CV (Coventry)                  61.96%

13 PO (Portsmouth)              55.14%

14 GU (Guildford)                 58.02%

15 NR (Norwich)                  56.02%

16 TN (Tunbridge Wells)       58.05%

17 DE (Derby)                     59.89%

18 SA (Swansea)                 63.42%

19 EH (Edinburgh)               66.84%

20 SO (Southampton)          56.15%

Chris Price, Head of MOT Policy at DVSA, said: “Garages across the country will see demand start to peak during September, with almost double the number of MOTs due in October and November. If you have an MOT exemption until October or November, you can beat the rush – get your test done this summer.”

Despite the exemption, 2.7 million motorists had their MOT test done in June, including 442,724 retests. Latest figures show 3.1 million MOTs were completed nationally in July, including 549,489 retests.

In August around 20,000 more motorists a day were getting their MOT done than in the same period last year.  Despite this, currently there are still almost 4 million MOTs due each month in October and November.

The peak will see garages facing unprecedented demand – but the IGA  says the challenge could present an opportunity, and is supporting the DVSA’s Beat the Rush MOT campaign, which has sought to encourage motorists who had a MOT exemption to get their test performed early. 

IGA Chief Executive Stuart James observed: “MOT slots will be more difficult to book in the next few months, so we recommend that garages communicate this to their customers and advise them to book their MOT at their earliest convenience.

He added: “Independents will rise to the challenge to address the demand for MOTs and ensure vehicle safety. It will be an opportunity to increase their customer base for future years if they can satisfy wider customer demand at this challenging time.”