The entire purpose behind a MOT is to ensure that the vehicle that you drive meets the standards for being road and environmentally safe. Having a valid MOT is not optional, and UK drivers can be fined up to £1,000 if they are unable to produce one when asked by authorities. There are, of course, specific rules and regulations surrounding this certification, and we go over what they include below.
To start with, exactly who is required to get a MOT? You will need to get one either by the third anniversary of the vehicle registration, or the anniversary of the last MOT for the vehicle (if it’s over 3 years old). In some cases, a vehicle will need to be tested at the one year mark. DVLA contact is recommended so as to learn if your vehicle falls into the category for one year testing. This information can also be found online by viewing the MOT fees table.
Each MOT is good for a period of one year. If you would like to know the expiration date, you can view it on the last pass certificate (where it is printed). It is possible receive a MOT up to a month (minus one day) before it expires and be able to retain the same renewal date. It is possible to get a MOT earlier than the one month mark, but the renewal date for the coming year is going to be different. There is a text reminder service offered. Call the DVLA contact number to sign up for this service.
You can’t legally drive your vehicle anywhere on UK roads if the MOT has expired. You can be prosecuted if you are caught doing so. There are two exceptions to this. One is if you are driving the vehicle to or from somewhere to have repairs done. The other is if you are driving the vehicle to a pre-scheduled MOT test. Note that there are different rules regarding MOT’s in Northern Ireland. Contact DVLA is you have questions about the laws and processes in that location.
While you can probably think of better things to do with your time than to take your vehicle for an inspection, a MOT is a requirement for UK drivers. If you need help with finding a certified inspection location, call the DVLA phone number and speak with an agent. There are maximum fees that can be charged for the inspection, and you can find out more about these by visiting the gov.uk website or calling the DVLA helpline.