The WoF or Warrant of Fitness, statute was passed over eighty years ago in the 1930s. It was as a way to make sure this new invention, called a car, was in good enough condition not to be a danger to the public. An official WoF inspection was 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 to road safety, the technology in cars today is infinitely better than those of eighty years ago. A 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-day cars. These changes will save the average motorist money by not having to go for a WoF as often as they normally would.
The Law regarding your WoF
From July 2014, cars registered after the January 1st 2000 will only need a Warrant of Fitness every 12 months instead of the usual six. 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 road safety standards. A valid Warrant of Fitness doesnâ€™t mean you can drive around with bald tyres! If your vehicle passed its WoF three months ago, but your brakes arenâ€™t up to scratch, 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. The law wonâ€™t ignore that, and neither should you.