Over 5 million driven without MOT

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has issued a warning to motorists not to forget their car’s MOT due date

Over 5 million driven without MOT
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New figures reveal that over 5 million cars were driven without an MOT. Of these, more than 360,000 were presented for a new MOT more than a year after their old test had expired.

The research, conducted by Select Car Leasing, highlights the importance of MOTs to ensure that vehicles on our roads continue to meet safety and environmental standards.

Motorists can face fines and prosecutions for failing to have a valid MOT certificate for their vehicle.

We contacted the DVSA for comment, a spokesman said:

“Regularly carrying out an MOT is crucial to protect motorists and road users, and helps Britain have some of the safest roads in the world.”

“Motorists who drive a vehicle without an MOT are putting themselves and other road users in danger, also risking a £1,000 fine and invalidating their insurance. That’s why we encourage all drivers to sign up to our free MOT reminder service so that they never miss an MOT.”

They also advised that:

Vehicles used without an MOT present a risk to road safety, vehicles stored off road or at a place of repair are not committing any offence if the MOT has expired.

DVSA would encourage all motorists to sign up to the free MOT reminder service to prevent missing an MOT anniversary.

A vehicle is only required to have an MOT if being used on a public road.  

DVSA’s role is to ensure that MOT’s are conducted correctly. The Police are responsible for enforcement action against motorists who do drive on a public road without a valid MOT.

There is no grace period for getting an MOT after the previous one has expired, and motorists cannot drive or park their vehicles on the road if the MOT has run out, with the exception of driving to or from getting the car repaired, or to a pre-arranged MOT test.

Failure to follow these rules could result in a £1,000 fine.

Source: Oxford Mail

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