The Warrant of Fitness, or WoF statute was passed over eighty years ago in the 1930s. It was as a way to make sure a new invention, called a car, was in good enough condition not to be safe to the public. These WoF inspections were to be carried out every 6 months, and it was illegal to drive a car without an up-to-date WoF certificate.
Obviously, when it comes motor vehicle safety, the technology in cars today is immensely better than those of the first half of the 20th Century. Vehicleâ€™s mechanical failing is a very small contributing factor in todayâ€™s road accidents. Because of this, a decision was made by the Government to increase the time between WoF checks for modern cars. These changes will save the average motorist money by not having to go for a Warrant of Fitness as often.
From July 2014, cars registered after the January 1st 2000 will only need a WoF every year instead of the usual six months. If youâ€™ve just bought a new car, you wonâ€™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 youâ€™ll still need to go for a warrant of Fitness every six months.
Remember, itâ€™s legally your responsibility to make sure your car is up to safety standards. A valid Warrant of Fitness doesnâ€™t mean you can drive around with faulty brakes! If your vehicle passed its WoF three months ago, but your tyres are now bald, that doesnâ€™t mean you can wait another three months until you legally have to get them fixed. The car isnâ€™t up to the required safety standards, and itâ€™s on your shoulders! By driving around in a vehicle thatâ€™s un-roadworthy, youâ€™re putting yourself, your family and other road users in danger- and the law wonâ€™t ignore that.