MoT Test Refusal advice for early birds

Posted on November 4th, 2015 by Rob Marshall


The DVSA has reiterated its advice on MoT Test failures, especially to motorists that are looking to preserve the date of their MoT expiry. Should a vehicle fail its test, it must not be driven on the road until the defects have been fixed, even if a current test certificate remains in force.

The only times that you can drive a car that has failed its MoT is either to a pre-arranged MoT Test appointment, or to have the faults fixed. However, if stopped by a police officer, you may have to prove that your journey is solely to have the vehicle repaired and, therefore, pre-booking is advisable.

Some reporters have stated that this is new; it is not – driving an non-roadworthy vehicle has always been an offence, even if an MoT certificate is valid, and the driver is responsible. It could also invalidate your insurance.

Naturally, driving a non-roadworthy car is against the law and the driver could find that he is charged not only a £2,500 fine but also penalty points and, maybe, a driving ban.