Question: What Happens If You Forget To MOT Your Car?

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..

Can you drive your car without MOT if it’s booked in?

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.

Are garages open in lockdown?

Absolutely. Garages are deemed to be an essential business, so they’ll be staying open during the lockdown to keep vehicles safe and the country running as best as possible. Garages, MOT centres and the service departments of car dealerships are covered by this decision.

Are TYRE fitters open during lockdown?

Car dealerships, car repair shops, tyre services and panel beaters are open and residents can visit these premises to repair and/or service vehicles.

Is there an MOT grace period?

Some motorists may be under the impression that there is a period of grace regarding renewing a lapsed MOT, but this is sadly not the case. The only exception to this is if you already have a booking for the vehicle to be tested and are driving it to the MOT test centre. An MOT must be renewed before it expires.

What should I do if my 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.

How long do you have to MOT your car after it expires?

12 monthIf your car fails its MOT, you can only drive it if the previous year’s MOT is still valid (i.e. the test took place on a date earlier than last year’s). MOTs can be done anytime within the 12 month period before the existing MOT expires.

What is the penalty for no MOT?

Driving without MOT penalty The penalty for driving without an MOT is not generally too severe if dealt with swiftly. No points are issued on a drivers licence although a fine is imposed by court of up to a maximum of £1000. A fixed penalty notice is usually the method dealt with by police which costs the driver £100.

Can police check 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.

Can the police tell if your MOT has expired?

It’s called ANPR – Automatic Number Plate Recognition. The police can tell that the car registered to that numberplate has a valid MOT, insurance, and much more.

Can I drive with expired MOT?

MOT rules and driving your vehicle: If your MOT has expired, the only circumstances in which you can drive it is directly to the garage for its test or to and from somewhere to be repaired. If you’re stopped on the way by police, you must be able to prove that you have an appointment booked at the garage.