Drivers can be prosecuted for ignoring MOT testing

25th June 2013

Drivers could face prosecution if they drive a vehicle which has not been subjected to MOT testing. According to public information service, it is a legal requirement to keep car and other vehicles in a roadworthy condition.

"The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards," the website states. "It isn’t the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn’t check its general mechanical condition."

Drivers are required to get an MOT test every year once their vehicle is three years old, explains. The MOT can be renewed up to a month before it expires, with the earliest test date printed on the pass certificate.

It is essential to use an approved MOT test centre for your vehicle – these are signified by a blue sign with three white triangles.

Driving a vehicle without an MOT certificate is a legal offence – the only exception to this rule being if you are taking the car to the test centre. Vehicles which pass their test are entered onto a national central database.

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