MOT: The truth behind some of the myths

30 June 2015 / Lindleys Autocentres

As a Nottingham MOT Centre, Lindley’s Autocentres have heard all of the myths surrounding the MOT test. Here are some of the more common myths we’ve heard and the truth behind them.

The Spare Tyre Must Be Legal to pass my MOT.

Unless the spare tyre is currently fitted to the vehicle it isn’t checked as part of the MOT. However, let’s be honest, if your spare tyre isn’t up to scratch you probably don’t want to be driving around for too long before you get it sorted!

My car will fail its MOT if the front fog lights don’t work.

Front fog lights aren’t a legal requirement. In fact, many models of car don’t actually have front fog lights so if you’ve got a front bulb out don’t panic! However, the rear fog lights are required to work in order to pass your MOT so check them before you bring your car in.

My car will fail its MOT if the reverse lights don’t work.

Again, reverse lights are not part of the MOT test. However, they are useful when reversing to alert other road users and illuminate obstructions behind you. If you have a reverse light out your car won’t fail its MOT but you should still look at getting it replaced when you can.

Can I drive my car to its MOT without insurance?

Regardless of the circumstances it is illegal to drive a vehicle on the road without valid insurance.

Can I still drive my car if it fails its MOT?

The UK law states that you must have a valid MOT in order to legally drive your vehicle. You need it to obtain tax and insurance and without it you are driving illegally. If, however, you book your MOT test in early then you can drive your car to have the repairs carried out.
The only exception is if your MOT centre deems the car unroadworthy, in which case you cannot drive your car.

For peace of mind you should also set up an MOT reminder to avoid missing your MOT expiry date.

I have to have the repairs done in the same place as the MOT.

This is not true. You are free to have the repairs carried out wherever you wish and providing your previous certificate has not yet expired then you can still drive your car to another garage to have the repairs carried out. However, as mentioned earlier, if your car fails its MOT then it is deemed to be unsafe and for your own safety and that of other road users it’s best to get the repairs carried out on-site so that you don’t have to take any unnecessary risks.

The purpose of the MOT is to make sure your car is safe to drive. This is for the safety of you and for your fellow road users. If you have any doubts about whether or not your car will pass its MOT you should contact a local garage who will be all too happy to help. You can also make use of our checklist to make sure you’ve covered off all the basics before your car goes in for its test.
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