Loving the Cayenne!
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: United Kingdom
I wouldn't worry too much about your car being seized by police. Section 165 of RTA 1988 as amended by The Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, covers seizures and uplifts of vehicles driven other than accordance with a driving licence and/or vehicles without insurance. Insurance companies will still cover you against third party risks, if your car has no MOT.
It is correct that the car must be booked into the nearest MOT Station, before you are allowed to drive there. Most forces in England have a policy of dealing with recent lapses of MOT Certificate by VDRS (vehicle defect rectification scheme), where you are given 14 days to obtain an MOT Cert, complete the VDRS form, and post it back to the force's admin department. It's up to the individual officer's discretion to either use the VDRS or prosecute though, and usually depends on whether there are other offences present.
And yes, MOT expiry dates are now held on the police national computer, so any cop checking your reg mark, will know that it's expired.
That's thirty minutes away, I'll be there in ten.