I’ve been driving since 2004. In that time, I have had 5 cars. Of those, I had to put 4 of them through MOT’s at one point or another. If you’re like me, your MOT is one of those annoying jobs on your “to do” list. Chances are, it’s usually left until the last possible second. So with that in mind, it’ll come as no surprise that countless people forget every year. Today I am going to answer the question, What happens if you forget your MOT? I will outline the consequences and what you can do to get things sorted out as quickly and painlessly as possible.
What Happens If You Forget Your MOT?
Some people wrongly think you get a two week grace period after the date on your MOT. This is not the case. Your MOT has to be completed by the expiry date on your existing certificate, or by 3 years to the day after the car’s first registration. Failure to get your car MOT’d on time can mean a £1000 fine. If your car doesn’t have a valid MOT, you are only legally allowed to drive it to and from the MOT test centre. You’ll have to prove you’re on your way there, if you are stopped.
What happens if you forget your MOT and you’re on holiday?
Believe it or not, this happened to a friend of mine a few years back. He set off for Silverstone for the F1, and his wife phoned him a few hours later to point out his car was due its MOT the next day.
Thankfully for him, a quick google search told him Calmac Tyres offer professional MOT tests in Northampton. You can book yours with them online, free of charge and get your vehicle approved to be driven on the roads. He booked the car in for the next morning, and waited while they did the checks. He was back on the road to Silverstone by 11am!
Setting Up MOT Reminders
Gov.UK offer a few MOT reminder service. You can sign up for it here. By signing up, you’ll receive a text message or email reminder 1 month before your MOT is due. Additionally, if your vehicle hasn’t passed its MOT within a fortnight, you’ll get a second reminder.
Driving An Unsafe Vehicle
Firstly, I have already mentioned you can be fined £1000 if you’re driving a car with an expired MOT. Even if your car’s MOT is up to date, your vehicle can be deemed unsafe. If this happens, you will be fined up to £2500. The rules for making sure your car is safe include checking the following before every journey… Windows, windscreen and mirrors must be clean. (It’s important you remove all of the ice and snow before driving)! All of the vehicle’s lights must work, additionally the brakes must work.
Additionally, you must regularly check your car’s engine oil, the water level in the radiator, the brake fluid level and the battery. Not to mention the screen wash and your car’s tyres and tread depth. If you follow all of this advice, you should never need to worry about what happens if you forget your MOT.
Finally, if you enjoyed this post, why not check out my motoring category.