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Can You Drive Your Car With No MOT?

If your car is over three years of age, it will require an MOT test each year. The test proves that a vehicle is roadworthy, and is required by law.

It follows a strict set of criteria which has been set out by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), and your car must meet the minimum standards required in order to pass it.

 However, research suggests that over four million drivers have admitted to driving their vehicle without a valid MOT. Without a valid MOT certificate, you wonít be able to renew your annual road tax and more importantly, you will be driving your car illegally.

What happens if Iím caught driving without a valid MOT?

Recent modernisation of the DVSA system for testing MOT has equipped the police and camera units with the capability to detect if a vehicle has an invalid MOT.

Being caught driving without a valid certificate for MOT could result in a police cautioning, but in some cases it can carry the penalty of massive fines of up to £1,000. If the car being driven without a valid MOT is found to be unroadworthy, the fine could be much higher and the consequences greater. These can include points on your licence or a driving disqualification in more severe cases.

If your car is involved in a traffic accident, youíll be requested to produce an up-to-date MOT certificate. If you donít possess one, any insurance claims that need to be made could well be affected. This is usually the case if the incident resulted in physical injury.

Itís a wise idea to keep your MOT valid to avoid these needless situations. There are effective options available for your use that will ensure you never forget a test, so make sure you take advantage of them. For example, tests can be booked up to a month prior to the date your current MOT needs attention without losing the expiry date that pre-exists.

Taking your car for an MOT test is not difficult. You wonít need to take any details or supporting paperwork. All you require to take the test is your vehicle. Using the comprehensive DVSA database, your tester will find your car and discover all your existing details needed for the MOT.

Can you drive your car without MOT to a testing centre?

You may be curious if there are circumstances when driving without an MOT might be acceptable by the authorities. If you are on your way to an MOT test, can you drive your car, even though you donít have an in-date certificate? What if your car fails its MOT but the centre youíve selected for testing are unable to fix the part that needs attending to for your vehicle to pass? You may have no choice but to drive to another garage to get the work completed.

While it shouldnít be necessary if you plan properly, you can drive your vehicle to a testing centre without an MOT, but if youíre stopped by the police, you will have to show proof of your appointment. However, regardless of your booking, if your vehicle is shown to be dangerous, you may still face a penalty.

Can you drive a car without MOT to a garage?

For the safety of yourself and others, if your car is discovered to possess a defect that is deemed dangerous by your MOT tester and fails, you should never drive it from the place of testing until the fault is fully fixed and your vehicle roadworthy once more. It is unlawful to drive a vehicle that endangers lives. This rule applies in every case whether a car has an up-to-date MOT certificate or not.

A testing centre doesnít have the authority to stop a customer from driving away in a vehicle theyíve examined and failed, although they are likely to advise against it. If you choose to do so, you can drive your faulty vehicle to a garage for repair but youíll be taking the risk of facing a huge fine, points on your licence or even a ban if caught by the police or camera units.

There are MOT centres run by the local authorities that often donít offer repair services when vehicles fail. In some cases, not all garages offering MOT will be able to handle failed parts in vehicles if they are not full service. For necessary welding or other issues, sometimes a speciality repairer is required.

Rather than risk the unnecessary lawbreaking that may result in expensive and, in the worst case, harmful incidents, itís a better idea to arrange to have your dangerous vehicle collected and taken to the garage by a breakdown company.  At a cost to yourself, you should arrange to have your vehicle towed and taken to the garage where the essential repairs will be carried out. The cost for driving an unsafe vehicle could be far more serious.

Is car insurance invalid without MOT?

While it will vary depending on policy and the nature of your incident, in many cases when your MOT certificate reaches its expiry date, your insurance is invalid. If you are part of a traffic accident, you wonít be insured by your provider and will have to cover any repair costs yourself. If fault for the accident falls with you, damages caused to any other involved vehicles will be your responsibility, which can be highly expensive. To add to this, driving without valid cover is illegal so if caught you can face fines which are unlimited, a six-to-eight-point penalty or even a ban.

How to avoid driving without invalid MOT

Make sure your MOT is always in date by setting a reminder on your mobile or signing up for free reminder, which can come to you via email or text.

If you visit Gov.uk, you can easily find out if your current car has a valid certificate of MOT and when itís time for a test. All you need to do is enter your carís registration number to access the answers.

For the safety of yourself and others, take responsibility for your actions and your car and make sure your MOT certificate stays up-to-date.


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