Take heed of MoT advisories

Posted on February 26th, 2016 by Rob Marshall


Many motorists exhale in relief, when the garage declares the immortal words, “Your car has passed”. Yet, MoT success one day is not a guarantee that the car will remain roadworthy a day, a week, or a year post-test. In the elation, to hear that no extra expense will be required, it is tempting to gloss over the advisory section on the paperwork, which explains certain components will require attention soon.

Our advice is not to file the MoT document with the car’s paperwork in a drawer, until taking a further look in a year’s time. Consult your technician and establish when would be a sensible time, in which to schedule the work. As a traffic officer will have immediate access to the data, it is possible for checks to be made to confirm that the work has been completed, at either a random stop, or at an accident scene. As it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure vehicle roadworthiness (under the Road Traffic Act), a charge of negligence could result, if the work had not been carried out and the component had deteriorated to such an extent that it became dangerous. Insurance cover might also be prejudiced.

An issue for fleets

I was made aware of the situation just prior to Christmas, when I attended the IAFF (Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation) Conference, but the advice was geared towards fleet users. As MoT Certificates tend to be filed by clerical staff, it is possible for MoT advisories to also be overlooked accidentally, especially for companies that are running multiple vehicles that are covering high annual mileages. Failure to act on any MoT advice may represent a failure in the duty of care, to protect its driver employee, as well as more serious charges, should an incident occur that might have been avoided by having the work done.