When is my MOT due? – The US sun

MOTORISTS could risk voiding their car insurance and being fined £1,000 if they fail to renew their MOT before the due date.

But for those who have lost their certificates, we explain how you can check online when your MOT is due.

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What is an MOT?

A MOT (Ministry of Transport) is a test to ensure your vehicles, including motorcycles, meet government safety standards. Drivers should try to organize an MOT check with a qualified mechanic BEFORE their certificate expires.

How much your MOT costs depends on the type and size of vehicle you drive.

Thanks to legislation, car charges are capped at £54.85 and £29.65 for a standard motorcycle – but you can get your legal car check for a lot less.

The TÜV inspector carries out a series of tests and checks that the lights, steering, suspension, windscreen, horn, seat belts, tires and brakes, among other things, are in good working order.

The mechanics will also check your car’s fuel system and emissions. Your TÜV does not check the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.

How can I check my TÜV expiry date?

If you have lost track of your MOT due date, don’t worry as it is very easy to check.

You can use the government website to check a vehicle’s MOT status and when that status expires.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has also set up a free reminder service to help you never miss this important date.

You can get an MOT up to a month before it expires – and still keep the same renewal date.

If you own a brand new car, you don’t have to do an MOT until the third anniversary of its registration. After that, you must have your vehicle checked every 12 months.

What happens if I lose my TÜV certificate?

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has a service where car owners can download a copy of their MOT certificate for free, so you don’t have to pay a garage £10.

Motorists can still apply for a replacement certificate at any TÜV office – and it does not have to be the one where the initial test was carried out.

Simply call the head office and give them your number plate and logbook reference number.

You will be charged £10 or half the MOT test fee for a replacement.

Can I drive my car if my MOT has expired?

If the TÜV certificate has expired, you can ONLY drive your car to a TÜV test center.

You must be able to show that you have pre-booked an MOT appointment if you are stopped by the police.

How long does an MOT take?

According to MoneyHelper, an average TÜV inspection takes between 45 and 60 minutes. However, if your vehicle fails the test and a repair is required, this process will take longer.

Test centers may require you to drop off your vehicle first thing in the morning and pick it up when you’re done – meaning you should be prepared to be without your car for most of the day.

What if my car doesn’t pass the MOT?

If a car fails its MOT, you will receive a MOT rejection certificate.

If your original certificate has already expired, you will no longer be able to drive your car unless you take it to a workshop to have the failed defects repaired.

However, if you get a TÜV refusal certificate before it expires, you can still drive your car.

Motorists still have to have the defects repaired before they take it back to the workshop for another test.

You can be fined up to £2,500, a driving ban and three penalty points for driving a car deemed dangerous.

What was the MOT extension?

At the end of March 2020, drivers were handed a six-month MOT extension for cars, motorcycles and vans during the coronavirus outbreak.

This meant that between March 30, 2020 and July 31, people whose MOT had expired did not have to find a new one.

The extension also applied to vehicles that were due for their first TÜV inspection on or after this date.

The restriction was announced so fewer people would go to mechanics to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. Drivers were warned at the end of 2021 to have their MOT booked as soon as possible due to the extension.

From September to December 2021 there was a backlog of 12 million TÜV.

Many car repair shops assume that the pent-up demand will continue throughout 2022.

https://www.the-sun.com/motors/294690/when-mot-due-check-online-fine/ When is my MOT due? – The US sun

Chris Barrese

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