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Legal Implications of missing or delaying MOT test

Ensuring your vehicle has a valid MOT certificate is no insignificant task as there are legal implications for motorists caught without an MOT.

What vehicles need an MOT test?

Vehicles over 3 years old require an MOT each year. Many motorists combine their annual service with the MOT to ensure both are completed as required.

Car Insurance 

Driving a vehicle without a valid MOT is illegal (as detailed below), but the lack of certified road safety provided by an MOT invalidates your insurance. Therefore, driving a car with an expired MOT you risk facing a huge repairs bill if you were to be misfortunate enough to be involved in a collision. Don’t forget, the bill may not just be your car, but could run into many thousands due to damage to other vehicles.

Legal Implications

A valid MOT is a legal requirement with a fine of £1000 to deter drivers. This fine can increase to £2500 if the vehicle is seen as unroadworthy and there is the risk of 3 points to your licence. Motorists without an MOT can be caught by the police on ANPR cameras and also reported by the public on the government website.

When You Can Drive Without Valid MOT

The only exception that allows a car to be driven on public roads without an MOT is if you are driving to an MOT test centre for a pre-booked MOT.

How To Avoid MOT Expiry

It is worth noting that you can be issued an MOT up to one month (minus a day) before the other runs out and you keep the same renewal date. Therefore, it is recommended to book your MOT test a good few weeks before expiry to avoid any risk of accidental expiration and the inconvenience this may cause.

In Summary

Driving without an MOT is dangerous and illegal. As a UK motorist it is your responsibility to ensure your vehicle is roadworthy and certified annually. Book your MOT test in advance is avoid any risk of expiration to ensure your car is legal, safe and roadworthy at all times.

Book Your MOT

Premier Group is an authorised MOT test centre in Hednesford, Cannock. We take pride in offering a professionally MOT test service for all makes and models. MOT test slots can be booked online or by calling our reception. MOT test slots are typically 1 hour so motorists may wait whilst the test is completed or a car collection and drop off service is also available when booked in advance. Please call and speak to our helpful team for all your MOT test bookings and queries. Call Premier Group MOT testing centre on Cannock (01543) 426378.