Question: Is It Illegal Not To Have An MOT Certificate?

What happens if you don’t have an MOT certificate?

Don’t be – driving without an MOT certificate will not only put you at risk of a large fine, it would also invalidate your car insurance.

So, there are serious consequences.

Driving with an expired MOT certificate essentially means your car is unroadworthy.

Technically and legally, it’s not safe to drive..

Is not having an MOT a criminal Offence?

Driving without an MOT is a criminal offence The fact is that driving a car without a valid MOT is a criminal offence under Section 47 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. … However, the financial penalty is nothing compared to the moral code broken if your unsafe motor causes a fatal accident.

Do you get 14 days grace for an MOT?

It is assumed by many people that they have 14 days ‘grace’ after their MOT test Certificate expires to obtain a renewal – This is not the case. However, the MOT test regulations do make the provision for early testing by up to a calendar month to ease the renwal process.

What if accident has no MOT?

If you have an accident and you have no valid MOT, your insurance company may state that your insurance was invalidated as a result. You are then left liable for any costs as a result of that accident. The bottom line is, why take a risk? Find out when your MOT is due then book your car in for its MOT with Stoneacre.

Can you drive without an MOT certificate?

The simple answer is, no. If your vehicle is more than three years old, you can’t drive without an MOT unless you’re on the way to the garage for your pre-booked MOT appointment. Hoping to use this excuse if you’re caught on the way to work? Be warned – if stopped, you’ll need proof of your appointment.

What happens if your MOT has expired?

If your MOT has expired then you need to get the car booked in for a fresh test and not drive it until the test has been completed. Remember that you are allowed to drive the car to a pre-booked test appointment.

Can police tell if you have no MOT?

Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras are everywhere, both in police cars and on the roadside, and they’ll cross-check your registration with the national database so that they can immediately tell when your vehicle doesn’t have a valid MOT certificate or road tax.

What documents do I need for MOT 2020?

Before you attend your MOT, it would be helpful to have both your current MOT certificate and V5C Vehicle Registration Document with you. Even if you can’t find either of these, your test centre should be able to find your details on their system.

What can fail an MOT 2020?

Around 1.5 million vehicles fail their MOT due to simple things such as faulty bulbs, too little tyre tread, or even empty windscreen washer fluid bottles. It’s possible to anticipate most of these issues with a quick check of your car.

Do they check TYRE pressure on MOT?

Although tyre pressure itself isn’t checked in an MOT, legislation introduced in 2015 means that every car with a faulty or failed tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) will fail its MOT.

Do you need old MOT certificate?

No. You can’t drive a vehicle without it having a valid MOT certificate. The only exception is that you’re able to drive your vehicle to its MOT test, so long as the test has been booked.

Can ANPR detect no mot?

A vehicle that does not have a valid MOT test certificate has its registration details automatically passed onto the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) of police vehicles. Certain static road-side cameras use ANPR also.

How much does an MOT cost?

04 MOT test costs are limited – for cars it’s £54.85 The maximum test costs are £54.85 for cars or motor caravans and £29.65 for motorbikes. For a full list, see Gov.uk.

What is the fine for no MOT or tax?

Driving a car that has been declared SORN is a more serious offence than purely driving without tax. Unless you’re going to a pre-booked MOT appointment, you could face a fine of up to £2,500 if you’re caught driving while a SORN still applies.