Your car has failed it MOT. What next now?

The UK government has made some stringent laws to keep the vehicles in running condition. MOT is done on the vehicles to check if they are worthy to be driven on the roads. It’s extremely significant to pass this test with flying colours, as it ultimately decides the destiny of your vehicle.

Not passing this test and then not taking any further action to rectify the faults can call for serious consequences for the drivers. Therefore, you must strive for clearing this test in the first place itself to avoid any kind of hassles later on. MOT test Finchley is first undertaken on the vehicles once they are three years old. Thereafter it’s done every year on your vehicle. So, make sure you do your homework well before you take your car for the test.

After-effects of flunking the MOT

If your car is labelled ‘dangerous’ by a garage, then in no circumstance should you drive it. In that case, the message that comes from the government is ‘Don’t drive your car’. If you are caught driving such a vehicle, then it’s equivalent to committing a breach of law. In that case –

  • You’ll be getting an MOT refusal certificate (VT30)
  • You may lose out on your insurance cover
  • You may need to shell out a hefty fine of £2500.
  • If your previous MOT has expired and you’re still wandering around with your vehicle, then the fine is even double. In that case, first, you’ll be charged with £1000 and then £2500 for driving a ‘dangerous’ vehicle.

What can you do if you fail in the MOT?

You can’t leave your car just like that after the MOT failure. You need to get the flaws fixed if you want to continue driving it. In that case, you can either leave your car in that garage itself for the repairs or you can take it to some other repair centre of your choice.

If you bring back your car to the same testing centre within a period of ten days, then it’ll do it for free or charge you partially for a retest.

MOT rules changed since May 20, 2018

The government has changed its rules and added some new types of defects to be examined by the testers, rules related to emissions have become even more strict for the diesel cars and some vehicles which were 40 years old have become exempt from the test. These defects can put into three broad categories –

  • minor
  • major
  • dangerous

Which category, your vehicle falls in, is decided by the MOT testers. However, if your vehicle falls in the ‘minor’ category, then you still pass your MOT testHere’s a list of some new defects added to the list –

  • If the tyres are underinflated, there are chances of you failing the test.
  • Contamination of brake fluid
  • Some other fluids which might pose risk to the environment
  • To check if discs and brake pads are intact

What to do if the testing centre doesn’t let you take your car?

At times, you’d like to get your car repaired from some other garage, but this is quite a possibility that the testing centre might not let you take your car back if it’s tagged ‘dangerous’.  However, in no case, can it stop you legally from taking it back.

In such a case, the least you can do is to get it towed away by a breakdown lorry to the place of your choice. This way, you won’t be breaking any law and hence won’t be caught by any police.

So, take your MOT seriously and adhere to the guidelines given by the government scrupulously.

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