MOT testing

Everyone who uses a vehicle on the road must keep it in a roadworthy condition. The MOT test checks that vehicles meet road safety and environmental standards. The first MOT test for a vehicle is required when it’s three years old. There are different rules if it’s used as a taxi.

 

 

Some of items checked during an MOT test are:

Vehicle identification number

A vehicle identification number must be permanently displayed and legible on a vehicle first used on or after 1 August 1980.

Registration plate

 Condition, security, legibility and format of letters/numbers

Lights

Condition, operation, security and correct colour. The headlamps will also be checked to see if the aim is correct

Steering and suspension

Correct condition and operation

Wipers and washers

operate to give the driver a clear view of the road

Windscreen

Condition and drivers view of the road

Horn

 Correct operation and type

Seatbelts

All seatbelts installed are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seatbelts must be in place

Seats

Front seats secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position

Fuel system

No leaks, fuel cap fastens correctly and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened. Make sure the key is available

Exhaust emissions

Vehicle meets the requirement for exhaust emission. These vary on the age and fuel type of the vehicle

Exhaust system

Complete, secure, without serious leaks and silences effectively

Vehicle structure

 Free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas. No sharp edges

Doors

Open and close. Latch securely in closed position. Front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items

Mirrors

Presence, condition and security

Wheels and tyres

Condition, security, tyre size and type, and tread depth. Spare tyres are not tested

Brakes

Condition, operation and performance (efficiency test). Suitable vehicles will be tested on a roller brake tester. Vehicles such as those with permanent 4-wheel drive will be tested either on a suitable road using a properly calibrated and maintained decelerometer or, if one is installed at the test station, a plate brake tester.

 

 

 

Book an MOT

You can book you MOT right here

Book your MOT

Repairs

Our technicians are trained to carry out all types of repairs to your vehicles.

Find out more...

Get in Touch

Please leave your details and we'll be in touch
Please let us know your name.
Please let us know your email address.
Your interest