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Re: Legal to drive after failed MOT??

I'm afraid your nice man from VOSA was talking out of his rectum, not unusual for nice men from VOSA who tend to have below average I.Q., based at least on my personal experience.

The issue of a VT30 refusal certificate does not invalidate a current MOT Test certificate.

It is important to remember that an MOT Test certificate does not offer any indication of a vehicles road worthiness or it's mechanical condition. It only certifies that the vehicle passed a number of predetermined checks on the day of testing.
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Re: Legal to drive after failed MOT??

Originally Posted by Recycled Scenic View Post
So you could get issued with a new MOT certificate that is valid for up to 13 months
Originally Posted by Lagdti View Post
And yes,it is perfectly possible that you could have an MOT that runs for 13 months,you can have the car tested up to a calender month before the previous one expires.
Lag is spot on. On the front of your current MOT, in the additional information box, it states (or at least my trusted MOT tested has added) "To preserve the anniverasry of the expiry date the earliest you can present your vehicle for test is 03/12/2011."

The expiry date of my MOT is 02/01/2012, so Vosa allows you to test the car a month early. This month runs concurrently with the old MOT though.

The same is true of the first MOT at three years, you can get it done up to a month early. I know as I've just sorted the MOT on my wifes car, which isn't due its first test until the 18th March. .

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Re: Legal to drive after failed MOT??

VOSA and PC Plod may accept the current MOT cert is valid but if the vehicle has failed an MOT test and it is used (other than coming from or going to a test) your insurers may be bit miffed.
Insurance companies may try to invalidate any insurance should they become involved as you are responsible for telling the insurer of any material fact. Technically failure to disclose any material fact to your insurers invalidates your cover.

In all honesty it does appear to be a rather grey area and a definitive answer from an insurer may be helpful.
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Re: Legal to drive after failed MOT??

Just my take on this;

If the car has failed its MOT, regardless of the legality of its continued use, would you necessarily want to keep using it?

If its failed what is effectively a safety test, then personally I wouldn't want to endanger myself, my family or anyone else who may be affected.


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Re: Legal to drive after failed MOT??

The car is not currently roadworthy whether or not it's got a valid MOT at the moment.

If you got pulled over by the police for the exhaust dragging along the ground, say, they wouldn't let you drive on even if you have a valid MOT for the car, would they? The car has to be roadworthy to be driven on the road, the MOT is just a regular confirmation of that fact, it's not a ticket to drive a dangerous car.

However, if you'd fixed whatever fault it failed the MOT on, it stands to reason that the car should be legal... But then you'd just take it in for another MOT anyway...

Edit: I'm obviously really not awake at the moment, the above is just what d'espace between my ears said above anyway.

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