What happens if you drive without an MOT?
Firstly, an MOT test is a test in which the vehicle is thoroughly reviewed in-detail, inclusive of all of the car’s vital parts being tested and approved of, in order to make sure that it is safe, comfortable and possesses the capability to be driven on the road - it can also be somehow related to your doctor doing a general health check-up for you.
In the UK , it is mandatory for cars on the road to have a legal MOT certificate, which is granted on the condition of passing an MOT test. What actually happens during your vehicle's MOT is that your car is examined by the test centre, in search of a number of problems that are likely or possible to be present, to make sure it fulfils some specified safety requirements, which are important enough to be present.
The expiration of your car’s MOT can be checked by feeding its registration number into the ‘Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’ (DVSA) database. If your vehicle is more than three years old, you need to do an MOT test on a yearly basis, as required. However, according to the new rules initiated in the year of 2018, an MOT test for your car is not required if your car is above 40 years old, which is one exception. This rule becomes valid to be applied from when 40 years of the car’s first registration or manufacture are completed. However, it'll still be necessary for you to make sure that it is capable to be driven on the road and must be each time proclaimed by you that you pay tax for your car, therefore making it clear that the rules of not needing an MOT are being obeyed by you.
Note: The information given in this blog post is specifically for vehicles enrolled in England, Wales and Scotland whereas, rules are a little different for vehicles registered in Northern Ireland.
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