MOT warning

SUFFOLK Police are encouraging motorists to sign up to a new service that reminds people of their MOT expiry date.

Police say the text service, which has been set up by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and involves a message being sent to your mobile phone when your MOT is due, could prevent drivers getting a £60 fixed penalty notice.

Sgt Clare Mowson of the roads policing unit said: “It is not uncommon for motorists receiving a fixed penalty notice for having no MOT to tell us that they were not aware that it had expired.

“Although this is obviously easily done it is not an excuse and this service is a great way of ensuring the date is not forgotten.”

People wishing to sign up for the service, which costs £1.50, need to supply a UK-registered mobile telephone number and vehicle as well as the vehicle’s latest MOT test number.

Text reminders of your MOT expiry date will then be sent to your mobile phone on three occasion: Five weeks before, two weeks before and the day before.

For more information or to sign up for the service visit www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/OwningAVehicle/Mot/index.htm.