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Old 12 August 2009, 12:42   #1
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MOT and the law.

If a car fails it's MOT, is it illigal to drive it on the road straight after if you still have a couple of weeks left till your old MOT expires?
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When I had mine done some weeks ago another motorist asked the same from the MOT examiner and was told, not illegal as if stopped you can produce an in date MOT from the last year that has not expired.
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That was what I thought, but I was told by a friend that with these electronic MOT's it's now a diffent story.
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If you are stopped and asked for the MOT and produce it there and then the police dont have any electronic gismos to read it, the cop will read it and maybe even thank you!!! Guess there may be a moral point but you have a valid MOT until it runs out and could even sell the car with this valid one but would have to tell a buyer only if they asked.
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That was what I thought, but I was told by a friend that with these electronic MOT's it's now a diffent story.
As far as I know you havent a problem,you can take the vehicle home,to get it fixed,or back to the MOT station without a certificate.And, if you've still got a valid MOT,provideing the car has not been deemed dangerous to drive during the new test by the garage you should be ok.
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This is an interesting!

Visited the VOSA website and you can check online whether you have current valid MOT or not. Mine says that it's valid untill the old MOT runs out in 2 weeks time, but that it's been tested and either failed or aborted a previous test.

So I guess we're right and my mates wrong

Here's the link for checking yours http://www.motinfo.gov.uk/internet/j...us-Request.jsp
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But if you failed an MOT then there is presumably a defect which means it is not roadworthy, and therefore you could get 3 pts and a fine for driving a dodgy vehicle.
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But if you failed an MOT then there is presumably a defect which means it is not roadworthy, and therefore you could get 3 pts and a fine for driving a dodgy vehicle.
That's not true Polwart, not all MOT failures are moving traffic offences, emmissions for instance. If you've got a valid MOT certificate even though you've got a more recent failure your old one still stands.
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Hello,After finishing a mot test the details are recorded on a central database(vosa) ie a pass or a fail with recorded defects so if your car has failed you can legaly drive it from a test station to your home.Just because you have a valid vt20 this does not mean your vehicle is in a satisfactory condition.so if you have a test and it fails and you still have a vt 20 with 20 days left its a ofence to drive it on a public highway.VOSA IS WATCHING YOU its like big brother.
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