Period of grace for MOT failures? - GT
Am I right in thinking that if your car fails the MOT and expiry date is, like, tomorrow, then somehow you can still legally drive around for a few days? e.g. (I'm guessing) if you can show you've booked the car in to have the work done in a few days time.
Period of grace for MOT failures? - martint123
Nope - the only time is when you are driving to/from a pre-booked MOT. You do have a full month to get it MOT'd before it's due.
Period of grace for MOT failures? - moonshine
Make sure the MOT station record your details when you pre book, if you get stopped en route you could be in a bit of bother with the law.
Period of grace for MOT failures? - DL
I wish more people would get their lives organised and have their MOT's done a month in advance, therefore gaining 13 months MOT rather than leaving it all to the last minute!

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Period of grace for MOT failures? - Sooty Tailpipes
Yeah, but you only get 13 months because it overlaps your current one by a month making that 11?
Period of grace for MOT failures? - none
Many threads on this subject but one thing has always been overlooked. Unless things have changed since I was a tester, the test station must be the nearest to where repairs have been carried out, or from where the car is driven without a current mot.
Period of grace for MOT failures? - Cliff Pope
Many threads on this subject but one thing has always been
overlooked. Unless things have changed since I was a tester, the
test station must be the nearest to where repairs have been
carried out, or from where the car is driven without a
current mot.


Not true. It can be any tester in the country. It is not restricted to the actual test either - it can be to a garage that is going to carry out (pre-booked) repairs for the test, which can be somewhere else.
A friend had this tested recently. He had bought a car 200 miles from home, and had arranged to drop it off at his usual (not nearest) tester that Sunday morning (booked test for Monday morning). He was stopped by the police on the way there, who rang and checked with the tester, and they confirmed this was in order.

It is a very useful way of collecting an untaxed car a long way from home.
Period of grace for MOT failures? - Dwight Van Driver
Spot on Cliff,

This is what the Act says:

Vehicle Excise & Registration Act 1994
Schedule 2 Vehicles exempt from Excise Licence Duty:

22.?(1) A vehicle is an exempt vehicle when it is being used solely for the purpose of?
(a) submitting it (by previous arrangement for a specified time on a specified date) for a compulsory test, or
(b) bringing it away from a compulsory test.
(2) A vehicle is an exempt vehicle when it is being used by an authorised person in the course of a compulsory test solely for the purpose of?
(a) taking it to, or bringing it away from, a place where a part of the test is to be, or has been, carried out, or
(b) carrying out a part of the test.
(3) Where the relevant certificate is refused on a compulsory test of a vehicle the vehicle is an exempt vehicle when it is being used solely for the purpose of?
(a) delivering it (by previous arrangement for a specified time on a specified date) at a place where relevant work is to be done on it, or
(b) bringing it away from a place where relevant work has been done on

The sting in the tail could be that your journey is for a purpose other than submitting it for the test. i.e London to Edinburgh with family and having a holiday meanwhile.

DVD
Period of grace for MOT failures? - RichardW
And don't forget that nothing in that exemption precludes a prosecution for driving an un-roadworthy car....


RichardW

Is it illogical? It must be Citroen....
Period of grace for MOT failures? - Ivor E Tower
and technically - if you take your car for an MOT 4 weeks before the previous one expires and it fails, this later MOT result invalidates your old MOT and the car is deemed unroadworthy with no MOT.
Harsh but true - result of the latest MOT is what counts.
Period of grace for MOT failures? - Doc
and technically - if you take your car for an MOT
4 weeks before the previous one expires and it fails, this
later MOT result invalidates your old MOT and the car is
deemed unroadworthy with no MOT.
Harsh but true - result of the latest MOT is what
counts.



The "old" MOT is still valid until the expiry date and any subsequent tests do not affect this.
Period of grace for MOT failures? - none
(2) A vehicle is an exempt vehicle when it is being used by an authorised person in the course of a compulsory test solely for the purpose of?
(a) taking it to, or bringing it away from, a place where a part of the test is to be, or has been, carried out, or
(b) carrying out a part of the test.

It seems to me that moving the car further than necessary, or for a reason other than the test might mean the nearest test station.
Period of grace for MOT failures? - Cliff Pope
I think you might be right Carrick in a blatant case like loading the car up with family and luggage and taking in a holiday on the way to the tester. But in the example I gave, my friend was buying a car a long way away, and genuinely wanted to take it to his usual tester/repair man to have it looked over. That seems to me to be in the spirit of the rules, and was indeed readily accepted by the police.
Clearly there will be marginal or dubious cases, as in every regulation. Likewise the exemption for taking the car to be repaired in preparation for the test would presumably also be subject to some kind of reasonableness test. Taking a rare classic to the only specialist in some obsolete kind of steering gear would be one thing, driving a Sierra to a mate to have some dodgy welding done would be another.
 

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