Common MOT mistakes which can see you fined £2,500 or be banned from roads

New analysis from GoCompare Car Insurance suggests tens of millions of highway customers are confused how an MOT works.

Cars greater than three years old are examined yearly to make sure they’re roadworthy and secure to drive – this 12 months, 2.3 million automobiles will be due their first MOT.

But regardless of this the examine reveals widespread confusion amongst drivers.

Alarmingly, 44% of these surveyed had been unaware that an expired MOT would danger invalidating their automobile insurance coverage.

And 6% of drivers admit they do not perceive the MOT course of, whereas an extra 8% say they’re confused about MOT jargon surrounding the classes of passes and failures.

Of these surveyed, 7% stated they do not perceive what an ‘advisory’ restore means in relation to their MOT, worryingly 8% do not know the distinction between ‘minor’, ‘main’ and ‘harmful’ faults, WalesOnline reports.

The analysis additionally revealed that 26% of motorists mistakenly suppose that the MOT take a look at ensures that their automobile will be secure to drive for the subsequent 12 months, whereas 6% erroneously consider garages have a proportion of automobiles they’re required to fail.

The MOT take a look at produces a cross or fail final result – from an easy cross to a failed take a look at with ‘harmful’ or ‘main’ faults.

The class utilized will depend upon the kind and seriousness of the issue.

MOT consequence class

What this implies

How this impacts the take a look at consequence


Direct and quick danger to highway security or has a severe affect on the atmosphere. Do not drive till repaired.



The automobile’s security could be affected, different highway customers could be in danger, or it could have an effect on the atmosphere. Repair it instantly.



No vital impact on the protection of the automobile or have an effect on the atmosphere. Repair as quickly as potential.



It might change into extra severe sooner or later. Monitor and restore it if crucial.



It meets the minimal authorized commonplace. Make positive it continues to satisfy the usual.


There was additionally confusion across the penalties of a automobile failing its MOT, particularly when a take a look at is performed prematurely of an present MOT certificates expiring. 16% of drivers suppose that if their automobile is MOTed and fails the take a look at earlier than its present certificates expires, they’d nonetheless be in a position to drive it beneath the old certificates. This just isn’t all the time the case.

Cars can be examined as much as a month earlier than their old MOT expires, whereas retaining the anniversary date beneath the old certificates date.

However, if the automobile fails with a ‘harmful’ fault, it’s no-longer highway authorized and can’t be pushed till it has been repaired. Penalties for driving a automobile with a harmful fault carries a fantastic of £2,500, a driving ban and three factors.

If the MOT failure is assessed as a ‘main’ fault and the automobile’s old MOT remains to be legitimate it can nonetheless be pushed.

However, the truth that it has failed its MOT means it’s defective and the fault makes the automobile unroadworthy, the motive force might be prosecuted.

Just over one in ten (11%) of drivers thought that repairs required due to a MOT fail must be carried out by the identical place because the MOT take a look at. The storage which carried out the MOT will present a quote to make the repairs and will supply a free re-test. However, simply because they carried out the MOT, it doesn’t suggest that they should make the repairs. However, if the failure is right down to a harmful fault, it would be unlawful to drive the automobile and it must be towed to a different storage.

9% of drivers mistakenly suppose that they’d nonetheless be insured if their automobile did not have a sound MOT. As nicely as dealing with penalties for uninsured driving (prosecution/fantastic of not less than £300 and 6 penalty factors) motorists concerned in an accident and not using a legitimate MOT would be accountable for any prices arising from the accident.

Ryan Fulthorpe, motoring skilled at GoCompare, stated: “The common testing of autos as they grow old helps to make sure automobiles are secure and roadworthy. A sound MOT certificates confirms a automobile has met the minimal commonplace of roadworthiness on the time of testing. It would not assure the automobile will be in good working order over the subsequent 12 months, so it is important that drivers perform common checks and have their automobile commonly serviced.”

GoCompare clients buying automobile insurance coverage earlier than 15 June 2021 will be eligible to obtain a voucher for a £10 MOT – a saving of round £44. The voucher can be used with garages all through the UK taking part within the ‘ Who Can Fix My Car’ scheme.



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