|Check your MoT expiry date|
|News Bulletin 16/08/2013|
Police are warning motorists that they will face a £100 fixed penalty notice if they don't renew their MoT certificate and are encouraging drivers to make a note, or to log your details with a service that reminds you of the expiry date, after stopping a number of people who have neglected to renew their certificate.|
Officers are increasingly finding that people are forgetting to renew the MoT and discovering vehicles where the certificate has run out months beforehand.
In many cases these are otherwise law-abiding drivers and police are urging motorists to check and make a note of their vehicle's MoT expiry date ahead of changes to fixed penalties on August 16 that will see the cost rise from £60 to £100 if you don't have a current certificate for your vehicle.
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has set up a text service, which sends a message to your mobile phone when your MoT is due. |
Anyone wishing to sign up can go to the direct.gov.uk website for details on how to register. You will need to supply a UK-registered mobile telephone number, a UK-registered vehicle and the vehicle's latest MoT test number found on their current MOT certificate.
There is a small charged for this service but once this is completed you will receive text reminders of your MOT expiry date on three occasions: five weeks before, two weeks before and the day before.
Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, of Norfolk & Suffolk's Joint Roads Policing Unit, said; It is every individual motorist's responsibility to keep their vehicle insured, taxed and MoT'd. To 'forget' is no defence at law, and you maybe issued with a fixed penalty notice. However, it is appreciated that MoT reminders are not automatically issued like vehicle tax and insurance. |
'We would recommend drivers either sign up for this service or make their own note of when their vehicle MoT is due to expire to ensure this is done - otherwise you are likely to be stopped by police and will face having to pay the penalty.'
If you vehicle is more than three years old and doesn't have a certificate it could be unroadworthy; and could be hazardous both to you, and anyone using the vehicle, as well as other road users.
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