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I have in front of me an MoT failure sheet. On the back
it has info about 'driving without an MoT' etc.
Here is what it says (simplified):
You vehicle has failed to meet the regs. You must get it repaired ASAP.
It is an offence to drive MoT'less, EXCEPT in the following circumstances -
1) Taking it to test BOOKED IN ADVANCE
2) Bringing it home afterwards
3) <EXACT WORDS> "TAKING IT TO OR BRINGING IT AWAY FROM A PLACE, WHERE BY
PREVIOUS ARRANGEMENT, REPAIRS ARE TO BE OR HAVE BEEN MADE TO REMEDY THE DEFECTS
FOR WHICH THE VEHICLE WAS FAILED."
It does NOT say you have to get a garage to fix it, therefore LEGALLY you ARE allowed to drive it to your mates house to get it sorted out, etc. I don't think going shopping for parts would count, but eg: Driving it to your parents house to weld etc is ok.
It also says "even in the above circumstances you can be nicked for driving and unroadworthy vehicle and not complying with C&U regs and also your insurance *MAY* be void" <I have NEVER seen anything on my insurance to say it MUST have a MoT>
It also says:
You are entitled to a FREE retest if you leave the vehicle with them. You are also entitled to a FREE retest if you bring it back before the end of the next working day, ONLY for:
ABS warning, bootlid, brake peddle antislip, indicators, hazards, doors, dropsides, loading door, mirrors, rear reflectors, reg plate, seat belts (NOT anchorages) seats, sharp edges, steering wheel, tailboard, tailgate, VIN No., horn, headlamp aim, lamps, exhaust emmisions, fuel cap, windscreen, wipers, and washers.
For anything else it must be FULLY re-inspected, and you have to pay the full test price again (but many places do cheap prices for marketing reasons).
Also, details of fees MUST be displayed at the garage in the form of a poster from the Inspectrorate.
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