Car drivers are being warned to book their MOTs early ahead of a surge in demand next month.

The MOT exemption, introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic, has resulted in a huge number of vehicles which must pass the test in September to stay on the road.

In Britain, any car, motorcycle or light van that was due an MOT between March 30 and July 31 2020 was given six-month extension due to the lockdown restrictions.

According to a study by the AA around 20% of motorists surveyed took advantage of the policy, which would equate to more than 5.5million cars.

As a result, many drivers had their vehicles tested in September, meaning they are due another next month.

AA head of roads policy Jack Cousens said: “With more than 5.5 million cars deferring an MOT it is crucial that they are tested to ensure they are safe to use.

“MOT centres are already feeling the strain and with ‘Super September’ looming, savvy drivers can get ahead of the game. Don’t delay, book today.

“Usually people leave booking their MOT to the last possible moment. Drivers won’t have that luxury this time.”

Drivers can be fined up to £1,000 for using a vehicle without a valid MOT, a test that is required every 12 months after the third anniversary of the vehicles registration.