How many motorists does this affect?
According to the DVSA, 28% of vehicles are late for their MOT – that’s over a quarter of all cars! Two-thirds of these are a week or more overdue. We understand that it’s an easy thing to forget, but it’s a vital part of owning a vehicle, and it is illegal to drive a car when the MOT certificate has expired. Important inspections and checks are carried out during an MOT test to ensure that you stay safe behind the wheel.
What will happen if I forget?
Many drivers think that an MOT is not something worth worrying about and sweep it under the carpet. If you fail to book your vehicle in for its test, you could face a hefty fine of up to £1,000. According to Car Buyer, between 2012 and 2017, £35million in penalties were given to UK drivers for failing to book in the correct timeframe. AutoExpress states that West Yorkshire police issued 121,650 penalties from 2012 to 2017, the highest number in the UK.
How would I get caught?
With the increased use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, it’s getting easier by the day for the Police to catch MOT evaders. The cameras are proving so useful in preventing crimes of all types that their use has expanded exponentially in recent years. For example, car cloning, where identical-looking cars are driven with the same number plate so each can piggy-back on the same tax, insurance and MOT-related maintenance payments, is effectively being stamped out.
What are the MOT driving rules again?
You can only drive your car to the garage to get it tested if your MOT has expired. If the police stop you on the way, you must be able to prove you have an appointment. If your car fails its test, you can only drive it if the previous year’s test is still valid. Fortunately, most of the garages listed on bookmygarage.com offer a free re-test within 10 days of a failed test.
What should I do?
So, stay organised and book your MOT test today using our quick and easy online booking tool. It’ll give you peace of mind no matter when your test is due. If you’re not sure when your test is due, don’t worry as we’ll be able to tell you! Just enter your VRM, postcode and select MOT. You can compare garages side by side based on price, distance, availability and reviews. With over 9,000 to chose from, you can be sure to find the right one for you!
Libby has been working for BookMyGarage since August 2017; writing articles, creating newsletters and handling the social media platforms. She works closely with ex-mechanics and subject matter experts to provide weekly blogs: essential advice on how to care for your car, need-to-know news and developments in the motoring world and helpful tips on how to cut the costs of running and maintaining your car.