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VDRS! It’s better than the alternative

Sometimes, your car can develop an unforeseen issue that you can’t prevent.

You could diligently follow your service schedule, regularly check your oil and coolant… but you can’t prevent a suddenly broken light while you’re driving!

If the Police pull you over for something minor, they won’t necessarily give you a Fixed Penalty Charge – they can instead offer a Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme (VDRS).

So how does VDRS work?

The Police can prosecute drivers for using a defective vehicle, usually using a Fixed Penalty Charge.

However, when a defect on the car is only minor such as a broken light lens, a worn tyre, or an illegal number plate, the Police can give the offender a VDRS – detailing the fault that needs fixing.

You will then have fourteen days to repair the fault and take the vehicle to an MOT test station to obtain official verification and provide the Police with proof of fixing.

Getting a VDRS means no fine or penalty points on your licence. A far better prospect than receiving a Fixed Penalty Charge!

1 to 3 years

A typical warranty on something like a car light bulb. If it’s broken before your warranty is up, go back to the manufacturer for a replacement!.

Keep your car in roadworthy condition to avoid prosecution

Remember, this is only for minor defects. It’s not an excuse for poor vehicle maintenance.

If you fail to look after your car, you will likely face prosecution and a fine.

As a driver, it is your responsibility to ensure that any vehicle you drive is in a roadworthy condition.

The MOT test is only a check of the vehicle’s condition at the time of the test and does not guarantee that the car will remain defect-free and roadworthy until the next MOT.

You must carry out regular safety checks and make sure that the vehicle you drive is in a safe and roadworthy condition.

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