Can I park my car on the road without an MOT?

11 March 2019 / Lindleys Autocentres

For many vehicle owners, there is that lingering uncertainty on what is considered acceptable when their car’s MOT expires. In short, it is not okay for car owners to park their vehicles on the public highway without an MOT. But let’s take a look at some of the more specific questions that arise when thinking about parking on the road without an MOT.

I am not planning to drive for a while, can I still park without an MOT?

Vehicles that are parked on the public highway without an MOT can be reported. Therefore, you can be fined and have your vehicle seized. If you do not have the intention of using your vehicle for a while, you need to register your vehicle as “SORN” and keep it off the public road (park it on your driveway or in a garage instead).

This way, you are avoiding falling foul of the law.

A Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) is how you acknowledge your vehicle is off the road. When your vehicle has a SORN, you will no longer be required to ensure the vehicle is taxed and insured.

After the period of not driving your car is over, you will need to book an MOT before you start driving again. Now, although it is illegal to drive your car with no MOT, it is acceptable to drive it directly to the MOT test centre. However, you will need to prove that you have an appointment in the event of being pulled over.

Keep in mind, your vehicle must have insurance to have your vehicle parked on the street if it isn't SORN.  

How can I remember to book my MOT in time?

If you currently are having the problem of remembering when to book your MOT in time, we have an MOT reminder tool to help you. By pre-booking your MOT you can avoid your vehicle being parked on the road without valid MOT.

If you have any enquiries on what is mentioned in this article, please feel free to get in contact with us. Our expert team are more than happy to help you. Alternatively, If your MOT period is almost up, book an MOT today


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