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Re: Possible repair cost for MOT pass?

But I still had a certificate valid almost to the end of the month. As facistic as the DVLA and VOSA tend to be, they do at least have some concept of a "grace period". The same applies to tax discs (5 working days or so after the previous one expired, if you've applied for one; 14 days without tax or SORN if kept off the road) and to prohibition orders handed down at the roadside - depending on severity you're either immobilised immediately, allowed to limp back to home / base and park it pending repair, or given 3 - 7 days to get a quick fix sorted.

Should I have run it past the expiry date on that certificate, then fair play. Also, should they have discovered some serious fault that means they have to issue a prohibition order on the car requiring it to be towed to a repair garage instead of being driven. But neither of these are the case.

I'm an ordinary human being, it would cause serious life disruption if I - as I did! - nipped out of work on a long lunch break to get the MOT renewed early (knowing that I wouldn't have time closer to the date), saying for the sake of argument that my car seemed to be in full working order and I trusted it would pass, only to find that they fail it on some minor point (headlight that burnt out on the way over, for example). Going by your system, I'm now not allowed to drive the car except between home, repair garage (does halfords, to pick up a bulb for a DIY fitting count?) and test centre. So I can't go back to work - public transport is bad enough in this city, but what if I worked in a rural location? - and I can't go on the weekend trip to visit family 50 miles away (no public transport, can't afford to hire a car, no-one able to lend me theirs or give a lift) that's been planned for a month if the test is done right before a bank hol and so I can't book in anywhere to get my minor, regulation infringing but non-dangerous (or not-yet-actually-dangerous) repairs sorted.

The quangos recognise this, and build a little bit of leeway into the system. Jackbooted they may be, but they are still human underneath, and may be hoist by their own petard at some point if they make things too strict. Seriously compromising the mobility of huge numbers of citizens because they have a little hole in their exhaust silencer that makes it almost as loud as a bike and as polluting as a car from the previous Euro spec generation was allowed to be, or brakes that are near their wear limit but will continue to operate with sufficient strength until the pads can be replaced ahead of a retest, or tyres that are only very slightly mismatched (making no practical difference in the way that e.g. a space-saver would) would be seen as taking things a little far even by them.

I passed enough police cars between getting the "fail" notice, and returning to the test centre for the successful retest about a week later, having had to wait for all of a/ my local garage to have a slot and get the parts, b/ someone to give me a lift from then back to the garage, c/ the test centre to have slots, d/ work to let me off for another long lunch to have the (shorter) retest.

I could only assume, for safety's sake, that they all had ANPR on board. None of them pulled me or even paid the blindest bit of attention to this rolling lump of obviously knackered, sharp-angled scrap. Their computer would have returned, at worst "MOT fail 1/11/11 - worn but usable brakes, mildly blowing exhaust, dead tail light bulb, mismatched tyre sizes. Previous MOT valid until 20/11/11. Tax valid until 31/12/11. Insurance valid until Aug 2012. Not recorded as stolen or scrapped. No prohibition orders."
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