You should not risk parking your car on the road or any public highway as long as it has no MOT (Ministry of Transportation) test certificate. The most advisable thing to do is to book such a car for its MOT certificate as soon as is realistically possible, lest you run afoul of the law.
Should you dare to park it on the public highway, there is a pretty good chance that it can get reported anonymously to the authorities. This can lead to either the payment of a heavy fine or even the seizure of the car altogether.
On the contrary, if you do not plan to drive the car for any reasonable length of time, it is strongly suggested that you get a SORN( Statutory Off Road Notification) declaration for it so that you can either park it on your driveway or private property, but not on a public road.
In addition, driving such a car is also illegal unless it is when you are taking it for MOT testing. Therefore, whenever you are ready to drive your car, make sure that you book it for the MOT test at any local Stoneacre test center closest to you to get it properly taxed and insured before you can drive it on the road once again.
Before taking your car for an MOT test, you should make sure that it does not have any serious damage to its vital components such as the windshield, brakes, and parking lights, as well as the trafficators, or tires, among many other vital components that make for safe driving.
Will I be fined for parking on the road without MOT?
It is illegal to park your car on any public road or highway as long as it does not have an MOT certificate. Therefore, if you still dare to park it in any such prohibited places, there is a pretty good chance that it can be impounded and seized by the authorities for disobedience and traffic violation.
In the alternative, you may be levied with a heavy fine which must be paid. So, yes, you can get fined for parking any vehicle without MOT on a public road.
Will my vehicle be towed for parking on the road without MOT?
Yes, any car can get impounded and towed away if it is established that it has no MOT certificate. To make it scarier, you are not likely to get it back until such time when you have acquired an MOT certificate for it.
Advisedly, you should make sure that you book it for MOT with the least possible delay before things go out of hand. Additionally, preparatory to taking it for an MOT certificate test, make sure that most of the things required before the MOT certificate is given are in perfect working order.
How do I get my MOT?
Getting your MOT certificate is simple, but you must agree and provide all the conditions necessary before the MOT certificate is given.
To this effect, you should make sure that your car has most, if not all, of the following conditions: it should have a fully functional and effective braking system, bright and unbroken side mirrors, signal, and parking lights too.
Also, make sure that your tires are in good condition with their threads intact too. The first thing you should do before an MOT test is taken is book an appointment for your car with the MOT agents. Thereafter, on the decided date for the test, the car will be thoroughly examined.
If everything is okay, you will be issued an MOT certificate. On the contrary, if it is not, you can promptly book for a retest. You must make sure that your vehicle is taxed during the MOT test. Finally, you should ensure that the car has all the required tax information.
You can get an MOT certificate for your car on the third year of its registration anniversary or even the anniversary of its previous MOT test as long as it is more than three years old. Although some vehicles undergo MOT tests yearly.
Fortunately, your MOT certificate will always indicate when your next MOT test will be due for renewal.
What else can I use to park my car on the road aside from MOT?
There are other things you need aside from the MOT certificate before you park your car on a public road without any violation. Since you cannot get an MOT certificate without getting the vehicle fully insured, you will certainly need insurance to park your car safely on the road.
Other things you will require before parking on the road are fully functional parking lights, parking brakes, signals, main brakes, and trafficators. Apart from all these vital requirements for parking vehicles on public roads, you also need a good understanding of places you should and shouldn’t park.
This is because there are places where it is against the law to park, wait, load, or offload altogether. If you do not know the signs which identify these places, you run the risk of running against the law with disastrous tidings.
Therefore, you should not park arbitrarily on the road except at the places designated as parking bays by the use of the letter ‘P’ on them. There are some places on the road where you must not park for any reason, such as places with double yellow lines on them.
Similarly, a single yellow line also implies that you cannot park, wait or load at such places too. Therefore, before you park on the road, you need to know all these traffic rules and regulations.
Other places you must not park on are sharp bends that will not allow you to see oncoming vehicles, on slopes or hilly places, as well as on bridges or pedestrian crossing points.
(1). Can I report a car with no MOT anonymously?
Yes, you can anonymously report to the authorities concerned any vehicle you are sure does not have an MOT certificate because such cars and other vehicles are a source of great risks and danger on all public roads against which appropriate action should be taken promptly.
Reporting any vehicle without a valid MOT certificate is easy through the phone lines or emails of the nearest testing center to you. Alternatively, you may choose to make such reports by paying a physical visit to the nearest MOT testing center to you.
It is anybody’s responsibility to report a car suspected to have no MOT certificate for the risk and danger these vehicles bear to the general public. This is because any vehicle without MOT certificates has one problem or the other which makes it illegal and very dangerous to drive on public roads.
If you do not have the necessary information or contact details to make such reports, you can alternatively search the internet for this, but you have to be sure of your findings before proceeding to report.
(2). Can I drive my car without MOT?
Primarily, you are not allowed or permitted to drive your car without an MOT certificate. Doing so portends consequences that should be avoided. For instance, when you drive a vehicle without MOT, you stand the risk of paying an expensive fine that you do not want.
Secondly, you also run the risk of getting the car impounded and taken away at the end of which you will still have a significant fine to pay in addition to losing the use of the vehicle while is impounded.
So, you see, there is no need whatsoever to drive your car without MOT except of course in instances where you are taking it for the MOT test. Even when you are driving the car to the MOT test center, you may be stopped to furnish traffic officials or the police with your MOT appointment papers.
If at such times you can provide valid appointment papers which show that you are taking the car for MOT testing, you will be allowed to proceed.
On the contrary, if you do not have any such appointment papers, the same penalty for not having MOT at all will be visited you, which may necessitate paying a heavy fine or even getting the car seized altogether.
(3). Can I park my car on the road without insurance?
To start with, you need up-to-date insurance before your car will be tested and issued with an MOT certificate. Therefore, if your car does not have insurance, it also means by extension that it does not have an MOT certificate also.
As a result, you are not allowed to park any vehicle on the road which does not have valid insurance papers. Doing so is contravening serious traffic laws which portend very grave punishments ranging from fines to seizure of all such offending vehicles.
Conclusion – Can My Car Stay On The Road Without MOT
An MOT certificate simply means that the car is perfectly safe for use on all public roads. This means that it does not bear any danger to other motorists and road users.