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Can you drive a car without a valid MoT?


The MoT certificate on my wife’s car expired while we were away. How can I take it for its test when I can’t drive it without a valid certificate?
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Are bonnet-mounted car mascots illegal?


I’ve bought a 2006 Jaguar X-type with a “leaper” mascot on the bonnet. Some people say it’s legal, others that it isn’t. What’s the position?
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My car was scratched at Gatwick valet parking but I...


I left my new Land Rover with Gatwick’s valet parking and later found a large scratch on the rear passenger door and scraped alloys and trim ...
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My BMW was recalled over safety fears and I've not...


Q. My BMW 3-series is the subject of a recall to replace the front passenger airbag. Although I was alerted to this in November
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Are xenon headlight conversions legal?


Can I replace the standard headlights on my Vauxhall Astra Elite with xenon versions?
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The reversing light of my Seat Leon is always on. Can...


Q. The reversing light of my wife’s Seat Leon is always on. My garage has failed to fix it and is now talking about new relays and a gearbox switch...
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I’ve noticed that some quad bikes do not have a front...


Q. I’ve noticed that quad bikes being driven on a road near my home do not have a front numberplate. Is this legal?
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A camera caught me driving untaxed to my MoT test...


Q. I was caught on camera driving an untaxed car to a pre-arranged MoT test — something I thought was legal. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency...
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My car was towed while my residents' parking permit...


Q. This year I renewed my residents’ parking permit online, calling to confirm the payment had been received. A week later the permit had still...
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I received a penalty charge notice on road with no...


Q. I parked on a stretch of road where I could see no pay-and-display machine or sign relating to parking fees or restrictions, yet I was issued with...
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I received a fixed penalty notice for speeding which...


Q. I recently received a fixed penalty notice for exceeding a 30mph limit while in north Wales. My sat nav usually warns me if I exceed the speed...
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Is parking ticket valid if the numberplate was recorded...


Q. When issuing me with a parking ticket, the enforcement officer wrote out the number of my registration plate incorrectly — the two numbers in...