Next month, motorists will face hefty fines of £2,500 if their vehicle fails its MOT before the existing certificate expires and motorists continue to drive that vehicle. Usually, an MOT certificate lasts 12 months, but often drivers put their vehicle in for an early MOT (for example, at 10 months) so they can assess the damages to their car and correct them before the full 12-month expiry date of their MOT certificate. 

These new MOT regulations are set to begin on 20th May, meaning motorists need to be aware of these changes in advance, to prevent facing a large fine from being uninformed about this change. 

The new implemented changes mean that drivers can only drive their vehicle if their vehicle assessment result is a ‘major’ fault. If a driver receives a ‘dangerous’ fault, they can no longer drive that vehicle and will face fines if they continue to do so. 

Simon Williams, a spokesman for the RAC said: “Rather than MOT failures simply being black and white, the new system creates the potential for confusion as testers will have to make a judgement as to whether faults are ‘Dangerous’, ‘Major’ or ‘Minor’.

“This will surely be open to interpretation which may lead to greater inconsistency from one test centre to another.

“Motorists may also struggle to understand the difference between Dangerous and Major failures.”

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