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Getting a Vehicle on the Road

A common issue when getting a vehicle back on the road is sorting out the legal requirements that new vehicles must adhere to. Insurance, tax and MOT is required for all vehicles in the UK. A new vehicle has none of these (although some vehicles do not require a MOT for a number of years if it is factory new). This is where problems can arise.

In order to get an MOT a vehicle must have road tax. In order to get road tax a vehicle must be insured. So the order that they need to be obtained in is: Insurance, then road tax, then MOT.

Once a vehicle is insured and taxed it is still not road worthy unless it has an MOT. Fortunately it is legal to drive a vehicle to the MOT test centre to get one, so long as it is a direct route to the test centre.