ALMOST 2million motorists could be driving without a valid MOT, putting them at risk of being slapped with a £1,000 fine.
What is an MOT and how do you know when yours is due? Here’s all you need to know…
What does MOT stand for?
An MOT stands for Ministry of Transport.
They originally created the test as a means to determine if cars were safe to stay on the roads
What is an MOT?
An MOT is a test to make sure your vehicles, including motorbikes, meet legal safety standards.
Drivers should try to organise an MOT test with a qualified mechanic BEFORE their certificate expires.
How much your MOT costs will change depending on the type and size of vehicle you drive.
But fees for cars are capped at £54.85, and £29.65 for a standard motorcycle.
The MOT tester will carry out a series of tests and check that the lights, steering, suspension, windscreen, horn, seat belts, tyres and brakes – among other things – are all in proper working condition.
The mechanics will also check your car’s fuel system and emissions.
Your MOT will not test the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.
If your car fails its MOT, you will be given an MOT test refusal certificate.
If your original certificate has already expired, you will no longer be able to drive your car, unless you are taking it to a garage to have the failed defects fixed.
However, if you receive an MOT test refusal certificate before it expires you can still drive your car.
You still have to get the defects fixed before returning it to the garage for a retest.
You can be fined up to £2,500, banned from driving and get three penalty points for driving a car deemed to be in a dangerous condition.
How do I check when my MOT is due?
If you have lost track of your MOT due date then don’t worry because it is very easy to check.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has created a free reminder service that will help make sure you never miss that important date.
The AA also offers a similar online service called Automyze to check the due date, as well as providing a list of nearby MOT garages.