The Warrant of Fitness, or WoF, law was passed way back in the 1930s as a way to make sure these new high speed machines called “cars” were in good enough condition not to be a danger to the public. These inspections were to be carried out every six months, and it was illegal to drive a car without an up-to-date WoF certificate.
Obviously, when it comes to vehicle safety, the technology in cars today is incomparably better than those of the 1930s. Vehicle’s failing is today a very small factor in road accidents. Because of this, a decision was made by the Government to increase the time between Warrant of Fitness checks for modern cars. These changes will save the average motorist money by not having to go for a WoF as often.
From the July 2014, vehicles registered after the 1st of January 2000 will only need a Warrant of Fitness every 12 months instead of the usual six. If you’ve just bought a new car, you won’t need to have a WoF for the first three years of its life.
If your car was registered before the 1st January 2000, then you’ll still need to go for a warrant of Fitness every six months.
Remember, it’s your responsibility to make sure your car is up to the legal safety standards. Just because you have a valid WoF doesn’t mean you can drive around on bald tyres! If your vehicle passed its Warrant of Fitness three months ago, but your brakes are now shot, that doesn’t mean you can wait another three months until you legally have to get them fixed. The car isn’t up to the required safety standards, and it’s on your shoulders! By driving around in a car that’s un-roadworthy, you’re putting yourself, your family and other road users in danger- and the law won’t ignore that.