05 Mar 2024

Warning: March MOT spike to meet UK pothole epidemic

Delays to MOT testing resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the sheer number of potholes appearing across the UK could lead to a very high amount of damage identified during MOT tests during March, garage are being warned.

According to figures from the AA, between April 2018 and June 2021, there were over 1.5 million potholes on local roads reported to UK councils, with Northumberland, Cornwall, West Yorkshire and Northern Ireland seeing some of the highest numbers.

The situation could be getting even more dire though, as Andy Davidson, National Sales Manager at Concept Garage Equipment observed: “Due to 22% of funding being cut from local road maintenance budgets during 2021/22, the pothole issue is even worse across the UK in 2023 than in previous years. We could be moving into a very challenging and busy time for MOT testing stations across the UK, as well as an expensive period for drivers.

“Since the reduction in COVID-19 cases, workers have returned to their business offices, and their cars are once again on the roads, hence in March 2023 during the first MOT test spike, combined with the preceding winter road damage. All this of this is also happening at a time when the UK government are considering extending the starting point for a car undergoing its first MOT from three to four years years.

To report a pothole, visit: www.gov.uk/report-pothole