- Jun 22, 2003
- Perth, Scotland
- W204 C200CDI Estate
So it seems that same rule applies regardless of whether the MOT expired or not - if the car fails, you are allowed to drive to a garage for the car to be repaired and to an MOT testing station to be retested. All need to be pre-booked I'm told...
(My bold) And that's the critical factor: an MOT fail means that at the time the vehicle was inspected, it was deemed to be not roadworthy. To drive an unroadworthy vehicle on the public highway is a separate (and potentially much more serious) offence than simply not having a valid MOT Test Certificate. You don't collect a £2.5k fine or a driving ban for simply not having a valid MOT Cert: that is normally disposed of by way of a non-endorseable fixed penalty of £100.I asked this question a few weeks ago because I thought that if a car fails then it's simply unroadworthy and it's been documented.
I thought that by definition a car that does not meet the MOT requirements in full is not roadworthy?
How can drivers know if their failed cars are 'roadworthy' or not, anyway?
The MOT tester is not likely to sign a form that says that the failed car is 'safe to drive'.
A bit of a grey area I think.
I suppose its also a question of the magnitude of the failure. A broken indicator glass or worn wiper blade is not like having brakes that only work on 3 wheels. I cant see the police doing you for the former.