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No MOT and the Penalties

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 17 Feb 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Mot Mot Non-compliance Driving Car

Established in 1960 the MOT test was introduced to ensure that vehicles that were then over ten years old were maintained to a basic standard of safety. Brakes, lights and steering were all checked. Named the ten-year-test, or the Ministry of Transport test, it then became the MOT, as it is known today.

46 years on, the MOT test still exists, but is now a yearly test that makes sure that all vehicles in the UK that are over a certain age are roadworthy and meet the desired environmental and emission requirements.

How Often Does my Vehicle Have to Have an MOT Test?

In the UK, the law states that cars and motorcycles must hold a valid MOT test certificate if they are more than three years old.

When cars are registered for first use, they are exempt from the MOT test for 3 years from the date of registration, or if the car is an import and may have been used before its UK registration then it must have an MOT at the end of the year that the car was manufactured.

Once 3 years from the date of registration pass, the owner of the car is required to have it MOT tested once a year, and the car must not be driven without an MOT.

What Happens if I Drive my Car Without an MOT?

If you do drive a vehicle without a valid MOT it sometimes Invalidate your Insurance (check your policy), and if you have an accident or are stopped by the police, you will be liable to face prosecution for MOT non-compliance. The only time you may drive a car without a valid MOT is if you are driving to a pre-arranged test appointment or to a garage that will carry out repairs that are required for your vehicle to pass the MOT test.

How do I go about Getting an MOT?

To undertake the test, the vehicle must be entered for an MOT at a registered testing centre where it will be examined over for a number of important checks by qualified mechanics. There are currently over 19,000 testing stations throughout the UK, and 50,000 qualified MOT testers. You will be able to tell garages that are approved to carry out MOT testing as they must display the blue three triangles logo.

I Have a Few Weeks Remaining on My MOT – Will I Lose Them if I Get it Done Early?

No you won’t. If you put your car in for its test in the month before your MOT is due, the test certificate will cover the period from the date of the MOT to one year after the expiry date of the current certificate. All you need to do is take your current test certificate with you to prove there is time remaining on it and the garage will add it on to your new one.

How Much Will it Cost?

The current cost of an MOT is £54.85 for cars, motor caravans and other vehicles with up to eight seats.

What Do they Look for During an MOT?

The following is a list of things that are on the MOT testing checklist:

  • Vehicle identification number
  • Registration plate
  • Lights
  • Steering and suspension
  • Wipers and washers
  • Windscreen
  • Horn
  • Seatbelts
  • Seats
  • Fuel system
  • Exhaust emissions
  • Exhaust system
  • Vehicle
  • Doors
  • Mirrors
  • Wheels and tyres
  • Brakes
For a more in-depth look at what the testers will be looking for, please check the motoring section of the government services website at http://www.direct.gov.uk/

Green Flag Survey

On the 45th anniversary introduction of the MOT test, a leading motoring company carried out a survey in which more than one in ten motorists admitted driving without a valid MOT certificate. In the survey, Green Flag Motoring Assistance discovered that of the 2,000 motorists questioned, 12% said that they had driven a car that didn’t have an MOT certificate, despite the threat of a possible fine of £1,000 and potential disqualification.

There was also confusion reported in the research regarding what motorists thought was and was not tested during an MOT.

Common Misconceptions Were

  • The spare wheel is checked as part of the MOT (80%)
  • The oil, water and screen wash are checked as part of the MOT (40%)
  • Battery condition is checked (50%)
  • An MOT pass is an indication of the vehicle’s overall condition – if it’s passed the MOT it needs no further maintenance (20%)
When in actual fact none of the above are true.

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Mot expired 14th Feb. Booked appointment for 18th. Can I still drive car
Worried girl - 17-Feb-17 @ 9:57 AM
I bought a car last year and they said it had 12 months mot. I went to sell my car and checked online and it said my mot had already ran out, i'v been driving 22 day without it. Does anyone know what will happen.
Redhead - 14-Jan-17 @ 7:08 PM
I bought a car last year and they said it had 12 months mot. I went to sell my car and checked online and it said my mother had already ran out, i'v been driving 22 day with it. Does anyone know what will happen.
Redhead - 14-Jan-17 @ 7:05 PM
I bought a car last year from a company and they keep ringing to say my mot is due this month. But when I check on the official GOV website it says it's not due till April? Which shall I go by?
Luke01 - 11-Jan-17 @ 9:21 AM
Welly - Your Question:
Was pulled over today by police.he said my mot ran out in june.i honestly didnt realise it had ran out and im worried about how much I will be fined.i asked the police officer how much I would be fined he said 100pound is this correct?

Our Response:
There is a maximum fine of £1000 for this offence but it's likely your fine will be less.
NoPenaltyPoints - 22-Nov-16 @ 12:56 PM
Was pulled over today by police.he said my mot ran out in june.i honestly didnt realise it had ran out and im worried about how much i will be fined.i asked the police officer how much i would be fined he said 100pound is this correct?
Welly - 21-Nov-16 @ 9:45 PM
My neighbours MOT failed on 30th September. She is making journeys in her car. To work and dropping her son at school. Is this aloud.
Kazam - 8-Oct-16 @ 7:59 AM
Car has no wheels on and is on jacks, also half of one side is missing, has a canopy over it has been parked on the road for past 13 months, clearly has no mot, think it has tax and insurance. Is this legal?
Dodge - 17-Aug-16 @ 12:28 PM
Steve - Your Question:
Van broken down on road outside of house mot will run before I can fix it , will I get a fine if it's not drivable.

Our Response:
There doesn't seem to be any problem with this as long as you are NOT using it and it has valid insurance and road tax. Check with your insurance company that it does not have a clause that indicates no insurance...no MOT.
NoPenaltyPoints - 16-Aug-16 @ 2:15 PM
Van broken down on road outside of house mot will run before I can fix it , will I get a fine if it's not drivable.
Steve - 13-Aug-16 @ 3:16 PM
I had a mot today car previously of the road so was out of date it hasn't updated on the system yet and I've left the certificate at garage will I be ok driving about as it has got a mot also how do I go about taxing it b4 system updates
Big man - 7-Jun-16 @ 4:47 PM
MattySeb - Your Question:
I found out yesterday that my MOT was due today. And the earliest date I've got booked in for testing is tomorrow. If I drive my car today and get stopped, could I tell them that it's booked in for tomorrow. I know your not supposed to drive without MOT, but since it's booked but unfortunately the date is one day away,do you think they would be lenient? Also, how often do the police system gets updated?is it daily it weekly maybe?Thanks

Our Response:
If you do happen to get stopped for anything, the police will check your vehicle information and see that its MOT has expired. You're only supposed to drive a car without an MOT on the highway if it's to take it to the MOT testing centre. It's risk you can choose to take, or you could arrange a lift, public transport or taxi to get to anywhere vital that is not within walking distance.
NoPenaltyPoints - 19-May-16 @ 11:19 AM
I found out yesterday that my MOT was due today. And the earliest date I've got booked in for testing is tomorrow. If I drive my car today and get stopped, could I tell them that it's booked in for tomorrow. I know your not supposed to drive without MOT, but since it's booked but unfortunately the date is one day away,do you think they would be lenient? Also, how often do the police system gets updated?is it daily it weekly maybe? Thanks
MattySeb - 17-May-16 @ 12:18 AM
My nephew stopped by police said he had no idea about mot and said his mum dealt with all that he was told the legalities and let off.
NiciJay - 5-May-16 @ 11:17 PM
gems1311 - Your Question:
I sadly scrapped my old car last year (MOT would have been due May this year) I bought another car and (wrongly) had it in my mind MOT needed renewing in April (I always taken them a month early). Sadly I got stopped driving a long distance. I told police officer I was sure it hadnt run out and was due in May so he asked where I was going (it was a long distance, picking up a friend) and gave me a 7 day producer. He didnt tell me not to drive.I picked up my friend, took her to her destination with a view to driving her home again 4 days later. Meanwhile, I booked the car in for MOT since it was indeed April then was stopped again the day before MOT and given a fixed penalty of £100.00. Police officer said I should never have been given the producer. MOT failed on trivia but with £100 fine, I can;t afford to get it fixed and couldnt take my friend home either. Its now parked in my garden. What should I do now about the producer?

Our Response:
We suggest you get in contact with the police and ask them what they suggest you do. Obviously if you have no MOT you cannot produce the relevant documents anyway.
NoPenaltyPoints - 13-Apr-16 @ 12:06 PM
I sadly scrapped my old car last year (MOT would have been due May this year) I bought another car and (wrongly) had it in my mind MOT needed renewing in April (I always taken them a month early). Sadly I got stopped driving a long distance.I told police officer I was sure it hadnt run out and was due in May so he asked where I was going (it was a long distance, picking up a friend) and gave me a 7 day producer.He didnt tell me not to drive. I picked up my friend, took her to her destination with a view to driving her home again 4 days later. Meanwhile, I booked the car in for MOT since it was indeed April then was stopped again the day before MOT and given a fixed penalty of £100.00. Police officer said I should never have been given the producer.MOT failed on trivia but with £100 fine, I can;t afford to get it fixed and couldnt take my friend home either.Its now parked in my garden. What should I do now about the producer?
gems1311 - 12-Apr-16 @ 5:06 AM
My Daughters boyfriend has had his car impounded due to no mot and is now awaiting a court date (silly boy).. He is 22 and has only had his licence 2yrs. Does anyone know what the likely outcome will be regarding points, re test or/and fine ?? Many thanks in advance !!
Johno - 7-Apr-16 @ 9:21 PM
Hi. Ive been stopped by the police recently and they checked my car and gave me a £100 fine and 3 points. The reason why they gave it is because one of the main reason was that my car is "too low". Ive owned the car for 1 year and when i bought the car i did a MOT and it was fine. I have been stopped number of times and the police has checked my car inside and outside and they was perfectly find with it. So recently when i got pulled over and they gave me the fine and points he also took a picture of my car. However on the piece of paper that he gave a copy to me. He wrote down the wrong number plate of my car. And on the system it still saying my car has got mot. Can i still drive my car around. And how can i apeal this because i personally think this is not fair
Shafee - 19-Mar-16 @ 11:38 AM
What is police policy if you are stopped for not having a valid mot. Circumstances are 100mile from home, not ran out 3 days ago
Danny - 13-Mar-16 @ 11:16 PM
I was away for 4 months last year around the time my MOT was due, I asked my now ex if he could sort it for me and left him money and to let me know if he needed anymore. Nothing was mentioned around the time so I (wrongly) assumed all was fine. That was the beginning of my trip so I was away for a further 3 months after. I didn't realise he never actually took it for an MOT until I got a letter from the DVLA saying my car wouldn't be taxed until I had a certificate. I contacted him and he told me he just forgot. I've been driving around with no MOT for almost a year and now I'm worried a garage won't MOT test me now! I've stopped driving it but can anyone advise what I can do? Thanks in advance
LC - 20-Feb-16 @ 3:22 PM
HI, I have just discovered that my local garage when they done my mot 31/3/2015 had not only spelt my name wrong but had put in the wrong reg, so I have according to dvla been driving with no mot for nearly a year!!! garage has now taken car away for a free mot test today, is there anything else that needs doing...just bloody lucky I was not stopped or had an accident I guess!!
Ali - 18-Jan-16 @ 11:43 AM
If you are a passenger in a car without an MOT and you know it. Can you be prosecuted along with the driver?
Nerveypax - 13-Jan-16 @ 2:15 PM
fitbitz - Your Question:
I have been caught driving with an expired MOT. I've lost the slip of paper with which to pay the fine, how can I pay it without the paper.desperate

Our Response:
Contact your local police and ask them.
NoPenaltyPoints - 5-Jan-16 @ 10:20 AM
I have been caught driving with an expired MOT. I've lost the slip of paper with which to pay the fine, how can I pay it without the paper.......desperate
fitbitz - 2-Jan-16 @ 12:15 PM
Koo - Your Question:
Car is taxed and insured but MOT ran out this month. Waiting to get it fixed before MOT so do I SORN it or can I leave it. Car is off road and not being driven.

Our Response:
If you are going to repair and MOT it imminently, it's probably not necessary to SORN it as long as it's off the public road. If you cannot fix it for a while or the tax is due to expire, then you will need to SORN it.
NoPenaltyPoints - 11-Dec-15 @ 12:01 PM
Car is taxed and insured but MOT ran out this month. Waiting to get it fixed before MOT so do I SORN it or can I leave it. Car is off road and not being driven.
Koo - 10-Dec-15 @ 2:22 PM
My motorbike is due for mot next week, its in a garage & is taxed & insured, I have no plans to ride it until next spring, can I leave the mot to lapse for a few months? Or do I need to sorn it to avoid a fine?
chris - 27-Nov-15 @ 10:56 PM
Hello last week Was I drive my friend van I am the second driver and police tac me he is said mot is finish 3 month ago and Police said £120 penalty charce I dont know any penalty for me or no because car not my and I am new driver is well I got too much stress for this Please any one help soo what happning after this time... Thankyou.
Tarkan - 17-Nov-15 @ 4:20 AM
mike - Your Question:
I seldom use my van but it is always legal, tax, insured and mot and parked in a side street in no ones way. However my MOT expired end of june 2015 and I forgot to renew.The council sent contractors who took it away in july, I saw no notice on van and they damaged it because it was too heavy too lift with gear inside, also cost £400 to get it back. My question is as it was parked up can they do this?

Our Response:
Yes, it it's on a public road, it should have a valid MOT.
NoPenaltyPoints - 27-Oct-15 @ 12:50 PM
I seldom use my van but it is always legal, tax, insured and mot and parked in a side street in no ones way. However my MOT expired end of june 2015 and I forgot to renew. The council sent contractors who took it away in july, I saw no notice on van and they damaged it because it was too heavy too lift with gear inside, also cost £400 to get it back. My question is as it was parked up can they do this?
mike - 23-Oct-15 @ 4:14 PM
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