Driving Without An MOT

Driving without an MOT
Legally reviewed by: Kevin Waddingham

If you’ve been accused of driving without an MOT, Cartwright King’s specialist Motoring Offence Solicitors will work with you to help you avoid the legal consequences. Benefit from our proven track record of building strong cases to clear UK drivers of motoring offences.

Get in touch with a specialist Motoring Offence Solicitor today for fast, effective and efficient legal advice and representation.

How Cartwright King can defend you

Cartwright King takes a non-judgemental and pro-active approach to your case, acting fast to present your defence strongly and professionally. We offer honest, reliable legal advice to ensure that the best possible action is taken to help clear you of a driving without an MOT accusation. 

We can help with the following MOT issues:

  • Accusations of driving without an MOT
  • Being stopped while driving to an MOT service
  • Vehicles brought in from another country without an MOT

Benefit from a free, initial telephone conversation

If you have been charged with driving without an MOT and you face getting points on your licence, a driving ban and losing your vehicle, you can benefit from a free, initial telephone call with a specialist Cartwright King Motoring Offence Lawyer to assess your options.

There’s no substitute for speaking to one of our specialist solicitors to get the right advice, and start preparing your defence. 

For immediate action, contact us today for your free* initial discussion.

The discussion is completely informal and confidential, and is an opportunity for us to:

  • Get to know you 
  • Understand your situation
  • Agree how you want to proceed

*Please be aware that this is a ‘get to know you’ call and no advice will be given.

Why choose Cartwright King for driving without an MOT defence?

Having an experienced Motoring Offence Lawyer representing you is often the difference when it comes to avoiding points on your licence, a driving ban and your vehicle being impounded indefinitely.

We listen, we understand and we genuinely care about keeping your licence clean and retaining your vehicle. That’s why we offer sound, honest, reliable legal advice to ensure that you understand your rights when facing charges of driving without an MOT.

Working with a specialist Cartwright King solicitor gives you the assurance of having access to legal counsel who will advise you at every stage of your case. We know that driving without an MOT charge can be damaging to your daily life and potentially affect your employment. 

That’s why we will do everything we can to clear you of wrongdoing or minimise any action against you.

We’re committed to defending your legal rights and protecting your driving licence, ensuring that you’re treated fairly throughout your case. When you need us most, we’ll be there to offer sound, sensible legal advice and sure guidance.  

We’re a trusted, resourceful Legal 500 top tier law firm with specialist solicitors that are calm under pressure, giving you defence counsel that you can count on.

We're here for you.

Frequently asked questions.

What are the consequences of driving without an MOT?

If you have been caught driving without MOT, you could be fined up to £2,500. In addition to the fines, you could receive a driving disqualification and 3 penalty points. Additionally, you could also face the potential impounding of your vehicle.


How can I get caught driving without an MOT?

Every car in the UK over 3 years old must undergo an annual MOT to ensure that it adheres to the minimum road safety and environmental standards. All UK registered vehicles’ test status regarding road tax, insurance and Ministry of Transport (MOT) are stored on computer databases which the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) have access to.

They take monthly checks on the status of each vehicle and if they find any without an MOT, those details are passed on to the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) of police vehicles, where you can be identified by roadside police cameras.

How can I avoid forgetting to MOT my vehicle?

Although you are breaking the law by driving without an MOT, it is an easy offence to commit given the numerous things we have to remember in our everyday lives. The easiest way to avoid making this common error is to ask your garage to remind you of your next MOT in advance which can be in the form of a telephone call, text or letter.

Alternatively, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) also operate a reminder service at a small cost of £1.50. To use this service, you must provide your latest MOT test certificate and use the UK registered mobile phone and vehicle.

My car is brand new, does it need an MOT?

New cars do not require an MOT until the third anniversary of their registration. However, if you’re buying a second-hand car, while it’s new to you, it’s MOT status should be checked.

I was on the way to an MOT when I was stopped, will I be penalised?

If you were travelling to a pre-arranged MOT appointment, your car can be driven without a valid MOT certificate. However, if you’re unable to prove that you have a pre-arranged appointment, you could face charges. If you were genuinely driving your vehicle to an MOT, this can be used as part of your defence.

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