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Research carried out by a leading motoring assistance provider reveals that more than one-in-ten motorists admit to having driven without a valid MOT certificate.

In a survey of 2,000 motorists conducted for Green Flag Motoring Assistance, some 12 per cent said they had risked driving a car that did not have an up-to-date MOT certificate. The test is a legal requirement for cars aged over three years and driving without a valid MOT certificate carries a maximum fine of £1,000 and possible disqualification.

Green Flag spokesman Nigel Charlesworth said: “It is worrying to see that so many drivers are prepared to risk driving without an MOT. Apart from the potential hefty fine, many motorists could be driving vehicles that are dangerous and unroadworthy.”

September 12 saw 45 years of the MOT test, which was introduced in 1960 to ensure basic safety standards were maintained in vehicles over ten years old. The test now applies to all motor...

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