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One in ten drivers think an MOT is optional, says survey

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12 Mar 2014

A staggering amount of UK drivers are unaware of basic motoring laws, with almost one in ten not realising an MOT certificate is a legal requirement, according to a new survey by Kwik Fit.

A further nine per cent of those asked didn’t realise car insurance was compulsory, whilst 10% had no idea that they required a valid tax disc.

The study showed worrying levels of ignorance from UK drivers, says Roger Griggs, director of communications at Kwik Fit: "This widespread confusion amongst motorists is alarming and raises real concerns over driver safety and compliance with the law."

At the other end of the spectrum, some drivers believe that the laws are stricter than they actually are, as 46% of those questioned thought that it was the law to carry a spare tyre in the UK and 18% believing the same about an emergency warning triangle.

"It's vital that car owners don't rely entirely on an MOT test for vehicle maintenance, as servicing is a fundamental part of maintaining both the safety and value of a vehicle, even though it isn't a legal requirement," Griggs added.

"Our advice to motorists is to make sure they get the basics right, which include insurance, MOT, servicing and tax, as these are essential for keeping a vehicle safe and legal."

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