The UK government has revised its guidelines warning motorists that they face prosecution if they drive their car after an MOT failure – even if its previous test hasn’t yet expired.
Some drivers put their car through an MOT early to find out if any problems need repairing, believing they can use the car until the old test runs out.
There has been a lot of speculation around the topic, with a number of motoring sites claiming that drivers are within their rights to continue using a car with an in-date MOT certificate, even though a tester has since deemed it unroadworthy.
Previously the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has stated: “You must not drive the vehicle on the road if it fails the test, even if the MOT hasn’t run out.”
It also says that the only exceptions are to drive to a garage to have the defects fixed, or to a pre-booked MOT appointment.
If you’re stoped by police driving a car in a dangerous condition, you could face a fine of up to £2,500, a driving ban and three penalty points.
In 2016 the DVSA has updated its guidelines again – this time to say the complete opposite of what its original advice!
The DVSA website now states: “You can take your vehicle away if your MOT certificate is still valid.”
Beware, though – if you do drive your vechile away it is technically unroadworthy. If you were to be caught driving a dangerous vehicle you could be prosecuted – and you certainly can’t plead ignorance if you have an MoT failure notice informing you of this.
If you have any concerns about your car, pop down to AMS today and let us take care of you.
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