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The legal implications of driving without a valid MOT

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For some reason unbeknown to law abiding citizens many drivers see indiscretions when driving as a lesser crime. That’s why the authorities have been doing some strong radio advertising around the fact that if you break the law on the road you will be treated like any other common criminal. Take for example the jail term handed down to Chris Huhne and his ex-wife for perverting the course of justice by lying about the person driving when a speeding ticket was issued; something that thousands of drivers have done.

Driving without an MOT is a criminal offence

The fact is that driving a car without a valid MOT is a criminal offence under Section 47 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. By flouting this law you leave yourself open to a hefty fine of up to £1,000 and the future cost implications of invalidating your insurance. However, the financial penalty is nothing compared to the moral code broken if your unsafe motor causes a fatal accident. An MOT certificate guarantees that your vehicle is road worthy and safe to be driven around. If you do not have a valid MOT you are not only putting yourself in danger, but every road user and pedestrian unlucky enough to be in the vicinity of you and your potentially dangerous car.

Remember to renew your MOT

Ignorance is never an excuse; accidentally driving without an MOT certificate will not protect you from the long arm of the law despite even the most vehement cries of innocence. The only exemption is if you are on your way to or from an MOT check or repairs that can be verified by the garage carrying out the work. There’s no escaping it, driving without a valid MOT is against the law so don’t let a renewal slip your mind; no excuses will wash with the authorities or the public you put at risk.

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