Forgetting MOT is no defence, warns police

11th April 2012

Police have issued a stark warning to motorists, advising them to ensure all MOT certificates are in date or face the consequences.

Speaking to, Inspector Bruce Gent of the Suffolk's Roads Policing Unit warned drivers that it was their individual "responsibility to keep their vehicle insured, taxed and MOT'd".

The advice comes after Suffolk police mailed out warnings to drivers advising them to ensure they do not forget to renew their certificates.

These motorists are being told to either make a note of the date of expiration or alternative sign up to a new text service from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).

This could help reduce the amount of drivers punished for failing to keep their certification up to date and to ensure they book MOT testing well in advance.

“To ‘forget’ is no defence at law, and you may be issued with a fixed penalty notice," he warned.

The advice comes after research from Britannia Rescue revealed one in five motorists had driven a car without an MOT.

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