In order to preserve the safety of drivers, numerous laws dictate the actions of motorists when on the road. These laws extend to aspects of vehicle maintenance too, minimising the risk of sudden component failure and potential accidents. In our role as a reputable, time-served garage serving motorists in Chelsea, we regularly receive questions about legal requirements. Is a car MOT required by law? How about car servicing? Do my car tyres need to be in a certain condition? As specialists in everything from car body repairs to complete engine rebuilds, we always remain abreast of the latest developments.
Below, we have taken a closer look at some of our core garage services and how the current law applies to them. All information is correct as of May 2019.
To discuss anything from car body repairs to new car tyres, please don’t hesitate to call us on 020 7387 8803.
Is a Car MOT a legal requirement?
Yes, it is. By law, any vehicle aged 3 years old or more must have a valid MOT certificate. This ensures that vehicles in Chelsea and across the UK pose no unnecessary danger to the owner, other drivers and the general public. Some vehicles require an MOT after only 1 year, so please check with us to clarify your position. Driving without a valid car MOT certificate can result in a fine of up to £1,000.
Following your car MOT, you receive a pass certificate with an expiry date printed on it. You can undergo your next MOT up to one month before this expiration and the additional time will be added to your new expiry date.
Is car servicing a legal requirement?
No, it isn’t. Unlike a car MOT, our customers in Chelsea have no legal obligation to carry out car servicing. However, in order to keep your vehicle in good shape and performing optimally, regular car servicing is still essential. Any notion of saving money by not visiting a garage for a service only represents a false economy. Not only does it increase the likelihood of major repairs in the future, a lack of car servicing stamps in your vehicle’s logbook also reduces its resale value too.
When undertaken by an experienced garage, car servicing helps to identify small issues with easy fixes. This ensures they don’t develop into much larger, more expensive problems as well as reducing the chance of an accident that results in the need for car body repairs.
Do car tyres have to meet any legal requirements?
As far as legal requirements go, motorists in Chelsea, and across the country, must ensure their car tyres meet the minimum tread depth of 1.6mm. This measurement must be consistent through a continuous band around the tyre in the centre three-quarters of the tread. The tread must comply with this requirement across its full circumference. To err on the side of safety, manufacturers and garages advise changing car tyres when they reach a depth of 3mm.
Despite obvious safety risks, drivers also risk a £2,500 fine for each tyre that doesn’t measure up. If all four tyres don’t comply, that adds up to £10,000.