Can you drive your car after an MOT fail if the old test hasn’t expired?
There is a
lot of speculation around this topic online, some
sites claim that drivers are within their rights to continue using a
car with an in-date MOT certificate, even a tester has since deemed it
The government has updated its guidelines
warning motorists that they face prosecution if they drive their car
following an MOT failure – even if its previous test hasn’t expired.
“You must not drive the vehicle on the road if it fails the test, even if the MOT hasn’t run out.”
It adds that the only exceptions are to drive to have the defects fixed, or to a pre-booked MOT appointment.
you’re caught driving a car in a dangerous condition, you could face a
fine of up to £2,500, a driving ban and three penalty points.