Shocked by MOT secret
A friend recently told me the ugly secret of a car on the road with its front number plate missing and on the dash. It could be, he explained, a way of avoiding paying road tax/insurance/MOT.
Sure enough and amazingly coincidentally after our conversation, we spotted a car on a public highway with its front number plate missing and on the dash. I checked the number plate on the rear of the same car with the DVLA records and bingo, it had no valid MOT.
I wondered how many cars were illegally on the road, the registered owners or drivers getting away without paying while poor old me is funding them?
Furthermore I understand the penalty for driving without an MOT is not generally too severe if dealt with swiftly. No points are issued on a driver’s licence although a fine is imposed by court of up to a maximum of £1,000.
A £100 fixed penalty notice is usually the method dealt with by police which costs the driver £100.
Peter Hassall, Shifnal