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Minor prang without MOT

Q I had a minor prang admittedly my own fault, after I realised my mot had expired 8 days earlier, my mot is now booked but if the other person claims against me will my insurance still cover me even though at the time I was driving with an expired mot

Name: Michelle


A 
Not having a valid MOT certificate is illegal under Section 47 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and you run the risk of facing a 1,000 fine and a charge of six to eight penalty points on your licence by driving without one. Also your insurance will be invalidated and you will have to cover any costs. Plus if you are convicted then you insurance premiums will be higher next year.


Will the insurance cover the replacement

Q My MOT expired last week when I was away. When back noticed the heat affected the small crack on the windscreen and it got longer. I booked the first appointment to replace the windscreen and the day after to do the MOT. Will the insurance cover the replacement if I claimed even though the MOT had expired a few days before. Car is parked inside on drive and my insurance is valid until next month.

Name: sally   Town: whitehaven


A 
You would have to check this with your insurance company


Driving on day of MOT

Q Can I drive my car on the day the MOT is due so long as I have it booked in the following day

Name: Lenny   Town: Bristol


A 
Once the MOT has expired Midnight of the expiry date You can ONLY drive the car to an MOT Test station for a pre booked MOT test. If the previous MOT has not expired then you can drive the car as normal


Mot Tax Direct debit

Q My MOT has expired, I have a cracked windscreen which I cannot get done until March 21st as the glass has to be imported. I pay my tax monthly by direct debit. I have received a letter from the driver vehicle licencing agency informing me that because my test certificate has expired they will not renew my direct debit for next month, unless I get a new certificate before the end of Feb, my direct debit will be cancelled and I will need to tax me vehicle. How can I do this when I cant get an MOT until the windscreen is replace

Name: Bob   Town: Blackwood


A 
Because you tax is conditional on having an MOT and it runs for 6 or 12 months the government will not take your monthly subscription you may be able to suspend your Direct debit and reinstate it a month later car tax now only starts at the beginning of the month a phone call to the DVSA Main DVLA Contact Number:

0870 174 7001 they may be able to help




Pending Appeal

Q If I appeal a failed MOT test, can I drive pending the appeal after the old MOT has expired

Name: Roberto   Town: Kingston


A 
Not after the old MOT has expired. It is suggested the vehicle not to be used during an appeal as the problem could become worse


MOT Renewal

Q I need renewal my MOT after 2 month expired

Name: Jo   Town: Manchester


A 
Just book it in and get it tested the Mot will run for 12 months from the test date if you drive your car other than to a pre booked test you will be breaking the law


Late MOT

Q My MOT runs out in 2 weeks, but I am going on holiday for 5 weeks and cant get it done until I have returned. I understand that I wont be able to drive it until I have the MOT done. However I was wondering if I can wait until I come back from my holiday, or does it need to be done as soon as it runs out.

Name: Tas   Town: Newcastle


A 
You can have the car tested at anytime that is convenient but only drive it to an arrange test if the MOT has expired


Days of Grace

Q DO I HAVE ANY DAYS OF GRACE AFTER MY MOT HAS EXPIRED

Name: BRIAN   Town: CHINGFORD


A 
There are no days grace anymore. It has to be completed on or before the date on the MOT


Expired MOT while abroad

Q I am in France and my MOT expired a couple of weeks ago. My insurance is in the UK. I got a control technique to make sure the car was roadworthy but is my insurance valid I can not drive it back to the UK for three more weeks.

Name: celi Harper


A 
The MOT is only for driving in the UK - you would have to check with your insurance company about the insurances validity. A control Technique is not valid in the UK and you would not be able to drive it in the UK except to a pre booked MOT test. You could only drive a French registered vehicle for 6 months in the UK with a Control Technique but you vehicle is UK registered meaning it needs UK documentation etc.


Driving on a failed MOT certificate

Q My son took his car for mot but car failed due to shock absorbers problem. They couldnt fix it until next week should I drive or is it an offence.



Name: Barbara Naylor


A 
You can only drive it if it still has a valid MOT certificate and that the tester has not deemed it to be dangerous. If the old MOT has expired then you can only drive it on the day of the pre-booked MOT test and only to the MOT testing station and back


Gov website states my MOT has expired

Q Bought a car only 6 months old. Adapted for wheelchair.
Registered 2016

Gov website states my MOT has expired Even lists the certificate number

Whats going on here

Any ideas



Name: Katie


A 
You would need to contact the DVSA. You should not need an MOT until the vehicle is 3 years old.


Driving on expired MOT

Q My mot expired 5 days ago I didnt realise and have been driving it. I will ring round to try and get it in ASAP. But worried now if Ive been caught on a camera thingy. Should I get sorn asap or am I ok obviously not driving but getting an appointment date and can I drive it to garage Regards Joanne

Name: Joanne Gavan


A 
A SORN obtained now would not have been valid if you where caught on a camera historically as the SORN would only start from the application date. Once you get an appointment for an MOT you may drive the vehicle to the test station on that day ONLY and only to the test station and return on failure.


Still insured to drive?

Q If your MOT is expired but MOT test booked, are you still insured to drive

Name: Helen Gervais   Town: Clogher


A 
Only to drive to and from the MOT station for a pre-booked MOT with NO deviation. direct route only


Can I drive with an expired MOT for repairs

Q I live in London. Can I drive with an expired MOT to my usual mechanic in Wales for a prebooked appointment where he services the car and gets it ready for the MOT test so it has no chance of failing The mechanic then usually takes the car to the MOT test and returns the car to me once done it is very rural. So the car would be going to a prebooked MOT preparation service followed by MOT test.

Name: Emma   Town: London


A 
No - You can only drive to a pre booked MOT test without a valid MOT certificate. You could always get the mechanic to pick it up and drive it on Trade Plates if he has them.


Grace Period

Q How long do you get when your mot as ran out to get a new one done

Name: Darren    Town: Blackpool


A 
There is no grace period anymore. You can only drive a car with an expired MOT certificate to a pre booked MOT test


When new MOT runs from

Q My MOT has just expired. Im going to drive to a pre booked MOT test in a months time as i dont need the car now. Will the new MOT start from the new MOT date or from the old expiry date

Name: Dave   Town: Bedford


A 
From the date of the MOT Test Pass Presuming that it passes


First MOT requirement

Q A dealership had our car MOT tested before it was 3 years old. This has now expired.

Is the original 3 years after registration first MOT date still relevant, or does the expiry of an unnecessary MOT mean we should have our car tested before it is 3 years old

To put it another way: Is the legal requirement to have an unmodified car MOT tested by the 3rd anniversary of first registration replaced by an earlier date under any circumstances except mechanical modification

Thanks in advance.


Name: Dan   Town: Fleet


A 
An MOT is due exactly three calendar years after the vehicles first registration and not before. If somebody unnecessarily MOTd the vehicle in the meantime it does not affect this date.


Buying a vehicle with an Expired MOT

Q Im buying a car in Bedford whos MOT expired on 1st April, I have insured it and wish to drive it to Stroud where I live and have booked it for a retest. iIs this legal as Im driving to a pre booked appointment please

Tank you for your time

Best wishes

Richard


Name: Richard Heath   Town: Stroud


A 
It is fine to drive the vehicle to the test centre for a pre-booked MOT test but only that


Driving on an expired certificate

Q my mot is due on 1st April but i cant book my car in for MOT until 12th April, will i still be able to drive between 1st and 12th April

Name: Bonnie So   Town: Henlow


A 
You cannot drive the car on an expired MOT. Only on the day of the test and only to drive to the MOT station for a pre booked MOT test


MOT Test

Q if i drive my car back to the uk renew the mot which has expired to an appoint,int for a test will the insurance still be covering me

Name: martin   Town: harleston


A 
Yes your insurance will cover you providing you are going to a prebooked MOT


MOT Expiry

Q We are away when the MOT is due, but due back one day after it has expired, is there any give and take on this

Name: Louise Morgan-Turner   Town: Drighlington


A 
There is no time allowed on the renewal date but you can renew your MOT any time in the month before it is due and still have the same original renewal date the the following year


MOT lapsed

Q I have had my car off the road and and issued a SORN. Want to get the car back on the road, have insurance and tried to tax but DVLA says there is no MOT. The MOT has not expired. If you make a SORN does that automatically cancel your MOT and will I have to get a new one done

Name: Bev   Town: Wirral


A 
The MOT only lasts for 12 months if it is more than 12 months since the vehicle has been tested then you have to have a test to put it back on the road even if you never used it since the day of the last test


MOT Repairs

Q Hi my car faild its MOT yesterday the MOT expired today, can i drive my car across town to my dads to be fixed.thanks

Name: Loz   Town: Nottingham


A 
No you can only drive legally to a recognized garage for retest repairs


Failed Mot

Q My car failed its MOT and is parked on the road outside my house we have no private parking. It was too pricey to get repairs and I couldnt get a scrapper to come for a few days. Im not allowed to drive it postMOT, so how can I avoid breaking the law by leaving it parked on the roadside It seems a bit of a legal flaw what can you do if scrappers cant come for a few days and the MOT has expired

Name: Alex   Town: Cirencester


A 
If there is a local pub or business with parking they may let you leave it there otherwise you leave yourself open to a 100 ticket if parking attendants pass by


MOT Renewal

Q My original mot expired on 30.11.16. I presented the car for mot on 8.11.16.the car failed on a number of items.garage did some of the work and I took away the car to fit new discs and pads. Took car back on 14.11.16 and it passed the retest. I thought this would last till 30.11.17 but the mot certificate states that mot runs out on 13. 11.17.Is this correct.

Name: Gordon Cunningham   Town: Edinburgh


A 
You can get an MOT up to a month minus a day before it runs out and keep the same renewal date which is the 30th.you can confirm this via link below

Click here for more information


No MOT EU

Q I am planning to buy a British registered car abroad without valid MOT. It is still taxed though. Can I drive it through Europe back to UK Will confirmation from you that I am booked for MOT test will be enough in that case. MOT expired in July

Name: Marek   Town: Nottingham


A 
The MOT is not recognised in Europe each country has its own test regime what you need to do is contact a garage of your choice to carry out the MOT Test and book it for when you arrive back


Sorn

Q  MOT has expired but booked in to be done on 16th Nov as away on holiday till then. Tax expires on 31 Oct so I cannot renew tax until MOT done.

Car will be locked in garage until it is driven to MOT.

Do I need to SORN vehicle for this 2 week period



Name: Sarah   Town: Camberley


A 
As long as you book you do not require a sorn


NoMOT

Q If my car is of the road and not used,my m.o.t has expired can i do my m.o.t.when I am back in uk.

Name: Mrs smith   Town: Croydon


A 
Yes as long as the car is on private property you will not incur any penalties


Expired MOT

Q Can I drive if my mot has expired but is booked in for one

Name: Elva   Town: Cardiff


A 
You can only drive to a pre booked mot test if you use your car for any other reason you can be fined


No MOT

Q If MOT has run out can I park it on road outside of house Untill I take it

Name: Rebecca allert    Town: Barnsley


A 
You cannot park your vehicle on the public highway once you MOT certificate has expired if you do you could be liable for a fine


Sorn renewal

Q My bike failed an MOT and Im planning on scrapping it entirely this takes and I need to SORN the vehicle as its on the road, although its still taxed and is insured Tried to SORN it online and I think Im too late, it expired a few weeks ago. No letters have been sent by DVLA yet, despite the MOT lapsing. Bit concerned but have a friend whose garage I can use.

Name: Andy   Town: Brighton


A 
New rules that came out mean that you only have to register for a Sorn once and you do not need to renew it


Insurance

Q Will my existing car insurance policy be valid again when my MOT has been renewed, despite the fact Ive allowed the MOT to expire it expired a week ago so Id imagine Im currently uninsured even for theft without driving The policy will run continuously until the MOT is renewed. I have it booked in for renewal this week.

Name: Jock   Town: Aberdeen


A 
Your insurance is valid for twelve months from the date you were first insured and runs continuous from that date not having an mot does not cancel it during that period


New MOT

Q Hello I havent used my motorbike for over a year, and everything has expired: MOT, insurance, road tax. Ive had it on SORN for a few months and Im now finally able to renew everything. What are the correct steps to ensure I dont break the law and dont have problems renewing Thank you.

Name: Florentina   Town: London


A 
You only have to be insured which allows you to ride your bike to a pre booked test


MOT booked test

Q I am booked in for an mot on my mororcycle on the 13th July but unable to take it in on the day due to work commitments but am looking to ride up Saturday before. Both the mot and tax expired within a couple of days. Is it ok to ride up days before as long as direct to not station to leave for the test

Name: Martin   Town: Chippenham


A 
As long as you are insured and are going to a pre booked test you are fine


mot fail accident

Q hi my mot expired on the 19th .couldnt book before this date so booked for next day the 20th. car fail and i drove it staight homejust 100yrds from home some1 reversed out a space straight into the side of my car. he has said its his fault. will insurance pay out on this /

sue


Name: sue   Town: Margate


A 
On the information you have given the person who caused the accident will be liable as for you not having an mot this should not affect the claim unless the reason for the mot failure contributed to the accident this does not appear to be the case


MOT Booking

Q My MoT expires on 23rd June. I have booked a test for 24th. Is this allowed

Name: Paul   Town: Canterbury


A 
Yes you can book an MOT Test at any time suitable to you if your certificate has expired you are only legally covered to drive to a pre booked test


Expird MOT

Q Taxed my car but my mot expired can I still drive my car

Name: lee   Town: essex


A 
You may only drive without a test certificate legally to a pre booked MOT test or to have it repaired for the test


Car Insurance

Q My MOT failed on two accounts: 1 the windscreen needs replacing, 2 the garage needs to repair a head light. I arranged for wind screen to be replaced at my house the company has rearranged it as heavy rain prevented them from doing the work. They cannot replace the windscreen now until after I have had the repair done at the garage. The problem is my insurance will have then expired and I dont think I can insure it without a valid MOT. This means I will have to drive it to the garage without a valid MOT and with out a valid insurance. What can i do if stopped and asked for a document check am I covered. On reflection this means I will have to drive it to the garage for the repair, them bring it home to have the windscreen repaired then to the garage again to have it retested and drive home before I can renew the insurance. Is that OK

Name: Janet   Town: BECKENHAM


A 
I am sure your insurers will reinsure you on the condition you are using it to get an mot you are not allowed to drive a car on public roads without valid insurance and you can be liable to prosecution


No mot

Q I have just come to renew my car tax as it is about to run out and it wont let me as my mot has expired also do i have any grace on both to get done

Name: darren   Town: wigan


A 
There is no period of grace for either MOT or Road Tax


No Mot

Q I have just realised my mot has expired,also due to my dvla direct debit not getting paid due to an error with my bank my tax has been cancelled leaving my vehicle un taxed and no mot until next week when Im back from holiday, do I have to declare the vehicle sorn even though I wont be using it only to drive to the garage for its mot, its parked up in the car park belonging to a local supermarket behind where I live many thanks in advance

Name: Dan   Town: Tywyn


A 
As long as it is insured you can drive from the carpark to a booked MOT there is no requirement to sorn it unless you intend not to tax it


Online booking

Q My vehicle is taxed and insured, but the MOT has expired. I have tried to book an MOT online, but when I enter my registration number and the last 4 digits of my chassis number the vehicle is not recognised. Why is this I want to drive it to a repair centre in Belfast tomorrow, and they will take it for an MOT test on the same day.

Name: John Sutton   Town: Norwich


A 
Northern Ireland have a different system to the mainland all the information is at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/book-change-or-cancel-motvehicle-test-appointment there could be a number of reasons for your problem a phone call is you best option


Car on the road no MOT

Q No mot but taxed for 1year and on the road No mot or tax expired together on the road why

Am I treated different they tell me my car would not be on the

Road



Name: Charlie   Town: Hayes


A 
If you park your car on a public highway without a valid MOT, you can be prosecuted, the relevant legislation is section 47 of the 1988 RTA.If a vehicle is off the road and not in use, you do not have to keep it taxed and insured or have an MOT Certificate however, you must make a Statutory Off Road Notification SORN, or the vehicle will still be considered to be on the road


Continental Holiday

Q HI MY MOT WAS EXPIRED IN JANUARY 2016 . IM IN HOLIDAY IN MY CONTRY MOLDOVA , CAN I DRIVE HERE WITHOUT MOT

Name: IURIE   Town: MOLDOVA - LONDON


A 
The MOT is a UK problem because you can be caught by the APNR cameras or police as soon as you come off the ferry if you are unfortunate. Therefore you need to have a pre-booked MOT appointment at a garage, and if you are stopped you need to appear to going towards that garage.



lapsed MOT

Q I was driving and had an accident. Its difficult to derive who was at fault. But, later I realised that the MOT of the other car had expired one week back. Will the other driver be totally responsible.

Name: Anil   Town: Hayes


A 
It would depend on the condition of the vehicle you can fail if your wipers are not working or if there is a bulb out the main factor is if the car is not roadworthy but still the onus of proof is who was at fault depends on the evidence


Expired MOT Certificate

Q my vehicle is taxed and insured but the mot expired in July 2015. Im not using the vehicle on the road, its parked in my garage.

Name: Michael   Town: Northampton


A 
If you are not using your car on the public highway you do not require an MOT Certificate


Late MOT

Q My car has been involved in an incident and is having repairs carried out via an insurance claim. The car is booked in for repairs on the 26th Jan, but my MOT expires 1st Feb. So, if the repairs take longer than 6 days my MOT will have expired. Can you offer any advice on the best thing to do

Name: Simon   Town: London


A 
Providing the car is not being used on the road then you can book an mot when the repairs are completed and drive for the test legally


MOT Date

Q driving a friends van back to Isle of Wight but mot has expired.would be getting it tested the day after we come back but is this legal

Name: Jane   Town: spain


A 
No you can drive on the day you arrive without a certificate to take a test but if you get stopped without a booked appointment you can be fined


Sorn MOT

Q If my vehicle is taxed and insured but the mot has expired and is kept off the road, do I need to declare a sorn

Name: Alan    Town: Preston


A 
No As long as it is taxed which requires insurance you do not need SORN


German MOT

Q Can i make MOT abroad for example i am in germany on my holiday and my existing MOT expired Do i need translate this document

Name: bossix   Town:


A 
A valid UK MOT Test can only be carried out in the UK you can arrange to have your vehicle tested the day you return but you are only allowed legally to drive to the test centre


No MOT

Q I want to take my van to france to export but the MOT expired a month ago, please note it is insured and off the road. As I will need to get a French MOT on it when I arrive can I drive it without a UK MOT to the ferry port then into france

Many thanks


Name: Sue   Town: London


A 
No, a car must be insured, taxed and have an MOT to be driven on the road. The penalty for driving a car without an MOT is a fine






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