Can I drive a car without an MOT?

20 June 2017 / Lindleys Autocentres

Driving without an MOT, it’s not worth the risk, at all. First of all, what are the rules? Lots of people are unaware of the rules when it comes to MOTs, so it’s worth knowing what could happen if you breach any rules and regulations.

Rules regarding MOTs and driving your vehicle:

  • You are only allowed to drive your car when its MOT has expired IF you’ve booked in for the test and that’s where you’re driving to.

  • If you’re stopped on the way you MUST be able to prove that you have an appointment with an MOT centre.

  • If your car fails an MOT you can only drive it if the previous year's MOT is still valid - but if the vehicle is deemed unroadworthy then you CAN’T drive it.

  • Retesting should be free if the necessary work has been done and the re-test completed within 10 working days of the original test.

  • If a vehicle is found to have an invalid MOT certificate a fine of up to £1,000 can be imposed and the vehicle could be impounded.

If you’re involved in a crash with an invalid MOT, your insurer will almost always declare your cover as invalid. You’d then either pay the repairs yourself or you’d get the car written off. The other driver would expect you to pay for the damage caused to their vehicle and would seek compensation if you refused or claimed that you couldn’t afford it.

You could suffer extreme financial problems or severe distress from having an invalid MOT, so don’t let it happen. Book in for your MOT today at one of our branches here at Lindleys Autocentres.


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