There are so many things for us to remember in life, appointment, birthdays and school and work events it's easy to understand how missing an annual MOT can be missed.

A third of drivers have admitted that they have driven without a valid MOT, the most common time for this to occur is in the two weeks immediately after the MOT expires. It kind of just drops of the radar for many of us!

However, driving without a valid MOT can have expensive consequences for drivers. Driving without a valid MOT is illegal under Section 47 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and can carry a fine of up to £1, 000. In addition, your car insurance is invalidated and you could get 6-8 penalty points on your license for having no insurance. If you were to have an accident while driving without and MOT, you would end up liable for any cost resulting from the accident. 

In the majority of cases, it is simple absent mindedness however, this won't work as a defence if you are stopped without a valid certificate. The only time you can legally drive a car on the road without a valid MOT is driving to or from a pre-booked appointment at an MOT Testing Station. It is important to note that if the vehicle is considered un-roadworthy this exemption does not count ad you may not drive the vehicle. 

If you are in any doubt it is better to arrange to have your vehicle recovered to your local test centre to avoid costly fines and penalty points. 

We can offer an MOT reminder service by email or text, but as with any provider that will do this, the responsibility to know when your MOT is due remains with you.