As the economy opens up with the pandemic ongoing, vehicle and supply shortages and a surge in demand for MOTs and servicing could force vehicles off the road and miss vital business opportunities if fleets do not plan their vehicle maintenance, warns ATS Euromaster.
With predictions of a surge in MOTs from September as a result of the DVSA’s MOT extension guarantees, many fleet managers and drivers could be unprepared for the extra maintenance and preparation costs associated with aging cars.
In 2020, data collected by ATS Euromaster shows a significant rise in MOT activity from May onwards but peaking in mid-September through to mid-November as drivers rushed to get MOTs completed following the covid MOT extension.
In 2021, demand in May was already substantially higher than 2020, and on current trend is likely to peak higher than 2020 as the previous year’s MOT work cycles through the 12-month system, but with the addition of new cars entering the MOT requirement after three years of ownership.
The additional demand for MOTs is coinciding with increased levels of servicing requirements from van fleets which have been operational throughout the pandemic, along with fleet vehicles coming back into full time service as the economy cranks back up to speed.
To cope with the expected surge in maintenance work, ATS Euromaster is adding new lanes to 17-key locations as well as upgrading test lanes in eight of their centres to make them more efficient. Additionally, the centres will have more trained technicians, sufficient stock and will be open longer.
Mark Holland, Head of Operations said, “With more than five million additional tests expected to take place by the end of the year, it is vital to get MOTs and other repairs booked in, otherwise drivers risk a hefty fine as well as risk driver safety and insurance invalidation.