Does your car have a valid MOT?
Driving your vehicle without a valid MOT is a motoring offence and can lead to hefty fines. It can also lead to problems if you are involved in an accident or your vehicle is stolen.
In May 2018 the MOT test changed – and so did the associated fines. The maximum fine for driving a car without an MOT is £1000. In many cases the Police will issue a £100 on the spot fine. Driving a vehicle that has failed an MOT with a “DANGEROUS” notification could lead to a fine of £2500 and up to 3 points on your licence. 2018 MOT test is explained in more detail here.
New cars are exempt from an MOT until they reach the third anniversary of their registration. Once a car/ motorbike / van is 3 years old the owner is required to obtain an MOT (* see exceptions below)
Don’t forget to check your car’s insurance
The penalty for driving without valid insurance is far greater than an MOT. It’s easy to forget whether you have renewed your car insurance, especially if you have several vehicles. Check to see if your car is insured now – if not do it as soon as you’ve got your MOT sorted out.