Police have caught more than 68,000 motorists driving without a MOT since stricter guidelines were introduced, research has revealed.

The MOT test changed in May 2018, with tighter rules around emissions and safety as well as higher fines for drivers caught with an unroadworthy vehicle.

A Freedom of Information request revealed 68,027 have been issued with penalty charges across England and Wales by police since the changes.

The Met Police force caught the most drivers (15,772), followed by West Yorkshire (6,019), Merseyside (5,461), Lancashire (4,520) and Essex (4,299).

A typical fine for driving without an MOT is £100, but this can rise to £1,000 if it goes to court – so the treasury is thought to have netted a minimum of £6million in the 18 months since the MOT system had a shakeup.

However, if a motorist is caught driving their car despite a ‘dangerous’ MOT classification, they could face a £2,500 penalty.

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