What does an MOT test cover?
If your vehicle is 3 years or older you are required by law to have
an annual safety check, the Ministry of Transport test, commonly known
as the MoT Test. The purpose of the MoT test is to ensure the vehicle
meets the minimum safety level required by law.During the MoT test the
nominated tester, a person authorised by the government body called VOSA
(Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) will conduct an inspection and a
comprehensive series of checks around the vehicle, including the
interior, exterior, under the bonnet and under the vehicle. The result
of each check is recorded- if the vehicle passes a VT20 ‘pass’
certificate is issued. If the vehicle fails to meet the required
standard a VT30 ‘failure’ document is issued. Items that are not quite a
failure, but worthy of a mention to you so you can keep an eye on them
are drawn to your attention as ‘advisory’ items.
It is your responsibility to ensure your vehicle is examined every 12 months. Without a current MoT certificate, you will be unable to drive your vehicle lawfully or renew your road fund license. Recent computerisation of the MoT testing system by VOSA means police and mobile camera units can now check remotely to see if your vehicle has a current MoT.
Having your car MoT tested could not be easier, simply call us on 01904 627444
Vehicle Identification Number
The MoT test checks that the Vehicle Identification Number commonly referred to as the VIN is legibly displayed on the vehicle.
The MoT tester will check the condition, security, legibility and the format of letters and numbers on your registration plate.
The Mot test checks the condition, operation, security and colour of your vehicles lights. The test will also check to see if the headlamp aim is correct.
Steering and suspension
The MoT tester will also check the Steering and Suspension components for correct condition and that the operation is correct.
Wipers and washer bottle
During the MoT test will check your vehicles Wipers and Washers ensuring they operate properly and give the driver a clear view of the road.
The nominated tester will check the Windscreen condition and driver's view of the road and that there are no chips or cracks affecting the driver line of sight.
The MoT test will cover the horn’s operation for effectiveness and the type is correct.
All seatbelts including those in the rear of the vehicle are checked for type, condition, correct operation and security and that all compulsory seatbelts are in place.
Your vehicle’s front seats are checked for security during the MoT test.
The fuel system is checked during the MoT test for leaks and that the fuel cap fastens and seals securely.
The MoT test covers your exhaust emissions, ensuring that the vehicle is within the specified guidelines and they the exhaust is complete, secure, without serious leaks and silences effectively.
Vehicle structure and body shell are checked during the MoT test for excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas of the vehicle. Any sharp edge can result in a MoT failure.
The MoT tester will check that the doors open and close correctly and that the latch is secure in a closed position. Front doors should open from both the inside and outside of the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items like rear seatbelts.
The mirrors on your vehicle are checked during the MoT test for condition and security.
Wheels and tyres
The nominated MoT tester will check the vehicle's wheels and tyres for a number of key points: the condition, security, tyre size and type and tread depth.
The MoT tests the efficiency of the vehicle's braking performance, condition and operation. Most vehicles are tested on a rolling road brake tester.