Is one missing wheel nut now an MoT fail?

Is one missing wheel nut now an MoT fail? On a similar subject, can you still have an MoT a month before and still use the car even if it fails (unless it's considered unroadworthy) or has that changed now?

Asked on 5 March 2019 by paulfoel

Answered by Dan Powell
A wheel with a single missing wheel nut is a major defect and automatic MoT failure. If two or more wheel nuts are missing then it is a dangerous defect and you should not drive the car until it is fixed.

Your existing MoT certificate remains valid with a major defect. However, if you are stopped by the police or involved in an accident, you will face prosecution. Given it's something relatively small and inexpensive to fix, I'd strongly recommend replacing the missing wheel nut before using the car again.
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