October 1, 2015

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. Vehicle’s mechanical failing is a very small contributing factor in today’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.

The Changes
From July 2014, cars registered after the January 1st 2000 will only need a WoF every year instead of the usual six months. 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 legally your responsibility to make sure your car is up to safety standards. A valid Warrant of Fitness doesn’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 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 vehicle that’s un-roadworthy, you’re putting yourself, your family and other road users in danger- and the law won’t ignore that.