A simple mistake could land motorists a £2,500 fine following the new MOT rules introduced in May 2018.

The main change introduced in May last year was three new failure and fault categories which rate the severity of an issue the car is having. The three failure classes are now Minor, Major and Dangerous.

Previously, if a vehicle was roadworthy and the previous MOT was still in date, motorists could still drive it.

Now, as soon as a vehicle fails its MOT, it may be deemed ‘dangerous’. And, if you drive a vehicle with that classification, you could get a fine of up to £2,500 and up to six penalty points on your licence.

If a car fails with a dangerous result it is now illegal to drive it on the public road even if it is driven to another garage to be repaired.