Police warning for motorists to monitor MOT date
Motorists are being encouraged to carefully note their MOT date after a number of drivers were caught with expired certificates.
Suffolk Police has sent out a warning to drivers as many are forgetting to renew their certificates.
The police are now encouraging motorists to either note down the date of their test or sign up to a new text service from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency's (VOSA).
Inspector Bruce Gent, of Suffolk's 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 may be issued with a fixed penalty notice. However, it is appreciated that MOT reminders are not routinely issued like vehicle tax and insurance.
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'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.'
The cost of a fixed penalty notice for not having a valid MOT is �60, with unroadworthy vehicles hazardous to their owners and other road users.
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For more details on the text service, that does charge, go to www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/OwningAVehicle/Mot/index.htm