Drivers could risk £2,500 fine for car – even if they have valid MOT certificate

During the first coronavirus lockdown, drivers in the UK benefited from a MOT extension on their cars.

The scheme allowed motorists to use their cars for an extra six months before it came to an end in January.

No new policy has been put in place for the latest bout of restrictions which means road users must have a valid MOT certificate.

If drivers are caught without a valid MOT certificate, they could risk a £1,000 fine from the police.

Those who haven't done their MOT are only allowed to drive their car from home to a pre-paid test centre.

Police might even ask to see evidence of your appointment to catch out those using their vehicles illegally.

Spokesman for Arnold Clark Inverness William Mackenzie said drivers must take their car for a test even if it's not being used.

He added the annual test was a "vital safety check" and should not be put off.

William continued: "Any car over three years old must have an MOT test every year to be considered road-legal.

"Despite being a vital safety check, many of us have a habit of leaving our MOT test to the last minute."

  • Driving habits that could land you fines of up to £5,000 and penalty points

He added: "We're all using transport less often, so it might be tempting to put an MOT test off.

"By getting it booked in early, you can be reassured that your car is safe to hit the road whenever you need it.

"If you are shielding, you are not required by law to update your MOT test certificate."

However, experts at Halfords warned drivers could still face penalties if they have a valid MOT but their car is in poor condition.

A statement read: "The current fine for driving with no MOT is up to £1,000.

"However under the new rules, you could receive a fine of more than double this for driving an unroadworthy car, even if your MOT is still valid.

"The current £1,000 fine stands whether you receive a major fault or continue driving after your MOT is overdue, but the new classification system makes it possible to receive a far higher fine. This is because driving a dangerous car carries a £2,500 penalty.

"If your car receives a dangerous classification, you will be unable to drive the vehicle until it's repaired and tested again – even if your previous MOT is still in date."

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