If your vehicle is more than 3 years old (and not a taxi), it's required to have an MOT test every year to determine that it's roadworthy and safe to drive.
If your vehicle passes the MOT test, you'll receive an MOT certificate to prove its roadworthy status. If it fails, you'll need to get any essential repairs made before it can be retested.
As well as keeping you and other drivers safe, booking in for your annual MOT test can also help spot any problems with your vehicle early on, potentially saving you money on costly repairs later down the line.
Need a hassle-free MOT? Book with Smart Care and we'll take care of it.
Is it illegal to drive without an MOT?
Yes, it’s illegal to drive without a valid MOT certificate — you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving without one.
Information about your vehicle's MOT status can be accessed by systems on board police cars and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, so it's likely you'll be caught out driving without one.
Is your insurance invalid without an MOT?
Yes, not having a valid MOT certificate invalidates your car insurance. This means that when you're driving without an MOT, you're also driving without insurance too.
The penalties for driving while uninsured include a £300 fine and up to 6 points on your licence.
The police also have the power to seize, and in some cases, destroy the vehicle that’s being driven uninsured. If the case goes to court, you could get an unlimited fine and also be disqualified from driving.
Can a car be taxed without an MOT?
No, which means that you could also be landed with an additional fine for having an untaxed vehicle.
Can you drive after a failed MOT test?
If your vehicle has failed its MOT test before its current MOT certificate has expired, and provided no 'dangerous' issues were found, you can still drive it until your current certificate expires.
If 'dangerous' issues were found, you shouldn't drive your vehicle — it’s an offence to drive a vehicle with a known defect that makes it unroadworthy. You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and receive 3 penalty points.
Can you drive without an MOT to the garage?
You can't legally drive or park your vehicle on the road if its MOT has expired. The only exceptions are to drive it to or from somewhere to be repaired, or to a pre-arranged MOT test.
MOT tests from the AA
When you book an MOT with AA Smart Care, you get:
- Free vehicle collection and return.
- AA approved garages.
- Quick and easy online booking and payment.
- Parts and labour guaranteed for 1 year or up to 12,000 miles.
- Fair, transparent pricing.
If your car fails its MOT and you’d like us to make the necessary repairs, we’ll also carry out your retest for free.