Originally Posted by mister p
Hold on a second, if you sell a car with an MOT then it's clearly intended for road use, trader or private. If it has no MOT but is a car that immediately disqualifies it from being acceptable for the road. You're still allowed to sell it.
- An MoT certificate is not a guarantee of roadworthiness.
- An MoT certificate only relates to the time of issue.
- You can drive a (roadworthy) vehicle on the road without an MoT to go to a previously arrange MoT test.
- Not all vehicles (including trailers) require MoTs; but selling them in an unroadworthy condition is still illegal.
So MoT is a red herring.
If I sell you a knife and then you go and stab someone with it, you're seriously not going to try and pin that crime onto me because I didn't tell you that the consequence of you pushing the blade into somebody may result in loss of life.
Thats a reasonable analogy - you are not guilty of stabbing someone just the same as the seller of a car is not guilty of driving the car. But there are obviously specific laws relating to the sale of knives too. If you sold me an illegal knife (e.g. a flick knife) whether I kill someone with it or not, and I get stopped by the police and tell them where I got it - you may also have committed an offence and expect a visit. If you sell me an 'ordinary' (legal) knife then just as with selling a road worthy vehicle there is no risk.
The law is there in black and white for you to see in the previous link I posted I'm really not sure what you are arguing about. You might not agree with it but that is what it says. If you want an interpretation of what it means google "trading standards unroadworthy vehicle" and you will find various.