Millions of drivers warned of MOT test charges with wheel damage costing £270

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Motorists could face a hefty fee to fix their damaged alloy wheels for reckless parking.

More than one-third of motorists are driving cars with ruined wheels caused by scraping them against kerbs.

It could be the result of failed attempts at parallel parking and even colliding with a raised pavement.

In fact, there is a whopping 13 million damaged alloy wheels in the UK.

The research from Skoda found the total collective bill to repair every wheel could cost a hefty £890 million.

This estimate was based on a poll of 2,000 motorists across the country.

And the average price of repairing just one alloy wheel is £67.50.

If a driver has four ruined wheels, this could set them back £270.

Skoda warned the damage isn't just impacting the look of the vehicle but could change how the car drives.

A strong blow to the wheel can lead to further issues, like the wrecking of a tyre and even steer tracking problems.

When it comes to MOT tests, drivers could risk the possibility of failing their check as a result of issues with their tyres.

According to What Car?, around 29% of MOT test failures in 2017 were due to tyres, wheels and anything impacting a driver's view.

Now drivers are being urged to book their MOT tests before winter as garages prepare for a busy period.

It comes after DVLA is set to bring in changes to driving licences and MOT test certificates.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps claims the government is looking to get rid of physical licences in favour of an online one.

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Posting on Twitter, the secretary announced plans to "move provisional cards online".

He also said it will "bring MOTs into the modern age".

The DVLA is looking to create an app for licences that will launch in 2024.

If the provisional licence is successful, full licences could be thrown away for digital ones.

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