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Driving without an MOT

Have you been caught driving without a valid MOT? Whilst it’s a common mistake where it might only be a few days out of date, the penalties for doing so can be severe depending on the situation.

How can DPP Law help?

Our solicitors will be available to help you contest the charges, especially if there are mitigating circumstances that haven’t been properly explained. These might include:

  • You were on the way to have an MOT when you were stopped but couldn’t prove the appointment.
  • You did not have the necessary paperwork to prove your vehicle has been brought into the country and is only temporarily on the road.

When is my MOT due?

You can check when your MOT is due online by checking the GOV.UK website. All you need is your vehicle’s registration number to check. Your mechanic will sometimes leave a reminder sticker on your windscreen so you know when the vehicle will need its next MOT test. 

What is the penalty for driving without an MOT?

Depending on the circumstances you can receive a number of punishments including:

  • A £60 fixed penalty notice
  • A maximum fine of £1,000 and up to £5,000 for a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV)
  • Between 6-8 points on your licence
  • Your vehicle can be impounded

The penalty might be made worse if you have a history of previous driving offences so it is worth being careful with updating your MOT and insurance on the vehicle you are driving so that you aren’t caught out.

Get in touch with the solicitors at DPP Law today if you need advice after being caught driving without an MOT.

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