All UK cars three years old and over require a valid Mot certificate by law
An MOT is a standardised annual test, set by the Vehicle Inspectorate, to make sure your vehicle meets all the legal requirements for safe road use.
MOT tests can be carried out on your car up to one month prior to the expiry date of an existing UK MOT certificate provided that you have a current MOT certificate and present this to the examiner at the time of the test. On passing the MOT, you will then receive a certificate valid from the date of expiry of your existing MOT
Vehicle Identification number. Age first test certificate required (in years)
Condition security legibility & format of letters/numbers
Condition operation security & correct colour. The head lamps will also be checked to see if the aim is correct.
STEERING & SUSPENSION
Condition operation & security
WIPERS & WASHERS
Operate to give the driver a clear view of the road
Correct operation & type
All seat belts installed are checked for type condition operation & security. All compulsory seat belts must be in place.
No leaks fuel cap fastens correctly & seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened. Make sure the key is available.
Vehicle meets the requirement for exhaust emission. These vary on the age & fuel type of the vehicle.
Complete secure without serious leaks & silences effectively.
Free from any excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas. No sharp edges.
Open & close latch securely in closed position Front doors should open from inside & outside the vehicle Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items.
WHEELS & TYRES
Condition security tyre size & type & tread depth. Spare tyre is not tested.
Condition operation & 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 on a suitable road using a properly calibrated & maintained decelerometer or if one is installed at the test station a plate brake tester.