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#354380 - 4th Oct 2009 8:49pm police
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alright all, just thought id tell you whats happend to me this weekend.
firstly i got pulled routine (as you do) to get told my mot was out by 4 days so it ended 30/9/09. so they gave me a producer. only to get home and look thru the previous certificates and find that it's nov 30/11/09. Realising i have'nt got the very last certificate (didnt get it when i got the car) the cetificates for the last 10 years state the 11 month which is november. Anyways goes tonite to the local station with mot's they said " only the previous mot certificate will prove you have an mot" Is i dont have this they will prosicute me unless i get it mot'd within the 7 day period. Am fuming at the fact of i didnt realise it was due or i would have had it done. I dont see the point in driving without everything in check as you only get caught no matter how long you get away with it. So as from tomorrow i have to get the car in for an mot, have work done whatever needs doing on it and have a pass certificate be next sat or i will be faceing a summons to court.
I completly admitt if i had known i would of had it in for an mot no probs, just aswell i went tonite and not left it untill the week as i would seriously be getting my ass chewed.
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#354383 - 4th Oct 2009 9:14pm Re: police [Re: nissangti]
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I've been done for no mot...you can plead guilty by post(when you get the summons)and it will be a £50 fine for no MOT and £20 court costs..£70 total...no points..and no criminal record,and that's the end of it.

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#354392 - 4th Oct 2009 9:52pm Re: police [Re: chris bmw M3]
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Originally Posted By: chris bmw M3
I've been done for no mot...you can plead guilty by post(when you get the summons)and it will be a £50 fine for no MOT and £20 court costs..£70 total...no points..and no criminal record,and that's the end of it.


on that note is it cheaper to run the risk of no mot, and if caught just pay the £70, cheaper than getting an mot if loads of work needs doing?
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#354393 - 4th Oct 2009 9:54pm Re: police [Re: chris bmw M3]
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Lucky mate, at least you ahve 7 days to deal with it.

If you need any work doing for a re-test I'll give you a hand.

I was driving around without an MOT for 3 months before I realised I didn't have one, luckily never got stopped and got it straight in for an MOT
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#354414 - 4th Oct 2009 10:53pm Re: police [Re: nissangti]
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You can check it online http://www.motinfo.gov.uk/ if this will help.
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#354419 - 4th Oct 2009 11:26pm Re: police [Re: angie]
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Ive never understood how people can forget their MOT dates. For me, its something I prepare for a few months beforehand, incase there is anything needs doing. Dont get why people leave it till a week before the MOT expires, take the car in and find it fails, and then moan they only have a few days to get it sorted.

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#354525 - 5th Oct 2009 12:49pm Re: police [Re: MattLFC]
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I'm the same as your self Matt, currently planning right now for my MOT in december, I need new tyres and brake pads which will be completed next month, I always make sure the legal suff for my car is in order, I do not want any hassel from the boys in blue.

one thing to keep in mind you can have your MOT done just under 1 months prior to the current expiring, it should say on the current MOT cert what the earliest date it can be done with out losing a month on the current MOT

plus you get a reminder on your car tax reminder when the mot needs to be done

hope you get it sorted out swift mate

Chris


Edited by Chrissykes (5th Oct 2009 12:50pm)

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#354528 - 5th Oct 2009 1:02pm Re: police [Re: SilentReader]
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Yeah, the other thing is, just because your car is safe at MOT time, one should really be keeping it safe all the time. Just because a car passes it's MOT, that does not mean it will be road-safe for the next 12/13 months, just that it is at an acceptable standard at the time.

The police and VOSA reguarly do random checks on cars, and they can take a car off the road if it does not meet MOT standards/it is not in a roadworthy condition - you can even recieve a penalty for it. They may even be able to revoke the MOT and force you to obtain a new one. I would have thought VOSA could do this during on of their tests.

So its in peoples interests to have an MOT-standard car at al times anyway. The way to look at it, is things are going to need doing at some point for the next MOT anyway, so you may as well just get them done as soon as you have the time and money to do so. Then come MOT time, you should have less to worry about.

Also, one defective component on a car, can potentially lead to premature wear and tear on other components. So putting off a job till MOT time, could actually cost you a lot more money in the long term.

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#354531 - 5th Oct 2009 1:04pm Re: police [Re: SilentReader]
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Some people have more than 1 vehicle and can get dates mixed up quite easily.

Originally Posted By: MattLFC
Dont get why people leave it till a week before the MOT expires

some people just dont have the money for it until the last week before it's due.

Originally Posted By: Chrissykes
plus you get a reminder on your car tax reminder when the mot needs to be done
Thats not very useful if your tax is due 6 months before your MOT

In my case, I just misjudged how long 12 months actually was, easy mistake to make, but still no excuse for not having an MOT.
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#354533 - 5th Oct 2009 1:08pm Re: police [Re: BMW Joe]
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Your telling me people save up for 12 months to get their MOT Joe? Wtf, can they really afford to be owning a car in that case lol.

People who can afford to buy, tax, insure and run a car, can afford to have the jobs done when they need doing (im not saying within a few days of a problem becoming apparent, but within a couple of months at least).

And, my MOT is due on August 19th. On the 420 its due on November 22nd. Jeeze on my 306 if I still had it, it would have been due in September. How hard is it for people to remember one month out of 12.

All MOT's also come with window stickers if you are that forgetful lol.

Ignorance is no excuse.

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#354534 - 5th Oct 2009 1:08pm Re: police [Re: MattLFC]
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Originally Posted By: MattLFC
The way to look at it, is things are going to need doing at some point for the next MOT anyway, so you may as well just get them done as soon as you have the time and money to do so. Then come MOT time, you should have less to worry about.


I try and keep my car as road worthy as possible, checking blubs, tyre tread e.t.c every week, but one thing my car always fails on every MOT is suspension because it's lowered.

The problem is, I have to spend at least £60 on suspension parts every MOT and the sooner I change these, the sooner they go. So if I change them 4 months before an MOT is due, I'll have to buy new parts for the MOT aswell.
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#354535 - 5th Oct 2009 1:10pm Re: police [Re: BMW Joe]
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If its failing the MOT on these parts and they are failing every 4 months, and you only get them done at MOT time, then you must be driving around with a legally un-roadworthy car for 8 months out of every 12 then.

Not good, especially if you know you are doing it.

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#354551 - 5th Oct 2009 1:54pm Re: police [Re: MattLFC]
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I understand that evryone who has a car needs to know when there mot is due, but its easy to forget birthdays, MOT's are no different its a date. As i said it was 4 days out, not months which i could understand a person delebrately not having an MOT for what ever reason.

I just didnt realise it was up an honist mistake.
As i have been given a producer i have 7 days - 2 now to have the car MOT'd and have work done before the producer is up. I completley agree with u matt that i should of new when the MOT was up, but unfortunatley i have been buisy latley.

Jo thanx for that offer on help doing the work, will let you know waht needs doing ( if anything ) and shal give you a shout.
All in all i made a mistake and now have to pay for it literaly lol no i dont mined having to pay out on the car as i have evrything else insurance tax just got to keep ontop of it.
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#354588 - 5th Oct 2009 4:09pm Re: police [Re: nissangti]
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Am I right in thinking that if you are not MOT'd then you aren't insured either?
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#354659 - 5th Oct 2009 9:23pm Re: police [Re: BandyCoot]
chris bmw M3 Offline
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...it's one thing remembering when an MOT is due for one car or even 2 but some of us have 10 to 15 cars a year...try remembering all them...haha

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