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MOT Testing

MOT Testing

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It is very important to owners and operators of the vehicle to be aware of the UK rules and regulation in a Ministry of Transport or the so-called MOT Testing.

The MOT is required to ensure the vehicle on 
the road meet a certain legal level of safety and emission standard. It isn’t the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn’t check its general mechanical condition.

When an MOT is due? There is a different rule regarding newly purchased vehicles and those that are more than three years old.

New Cars

The first step is required once a vehicle is three years old.

To find the exact date you should check your vehicle registration document or also known as V%C. For example if the registration is shown 1dst |June 2011 then your first MOT is due by 1st of June 2014 at the latest. We would recommend you scheduling your first MOT a short while before this deadline in case any repairs are required.

Taxi and passenger vehicles with more than 8 seats are required to have an MOT at a 1 year old.

Cars over 3 years old

As the vehicle gets older it has a higher tendency to develop safety problems, an MOT must be performed every year for vehicles older than three years. The exact deadline by which your MOT should be renewed is listed on your current VT20 MOT Certificate.

However, owners can choose to have the test performed as early as a month before the current expiration. The earliest date you can have an MOT is printed on your VT20 MOT Certificate.

If your MOT has expired you may not legally drive your car on the road and you may be prosecuted if caught. The only time a driver can legally operate a vehicle whose MOT certification has expired is when driving to and from the inspection station to perform a pre-booked test.

If your vehicle passes the test you’ll get an MOT certificate and your test record will be entered into the secure MOT database.
Test certificates issued after 18 November 2012 show the mileage recorded at the current and previous 3 test passes to help reduce vehicle crime. This is shown on the certificate as ‘odometer, reading and history.

If your vehicle fails the test

If your vehicle fails the test you’ll get a ‘Notification of failure’ straight away. The failure will be recorded in the secure central MOT database.

 You can still drive your vehicle if it fails the test and its existing MOT certificate still valid (ie if you got it tested before the expiry date). However, you might be stopped by the police and prosecuted if you vehicle is unroadworthy.

If the vehicle fails the test and the certificate has expired you can only drive it to: 
– a pre-arranged appointment at a garage to have the repairs done.
– a pre-arranged appointment MOT test appointment.
Your vehicle should be retested at the same test centre which did the original test.

Your vehicle may be able to have a partial retest FOR FREE or reduced MOT fee in the following cases:

Leaving your vehicle

If the vehicle is left with us for repair and retested it there is no fee. You can take the vehicle on the same day.

Bringing your vehicle back

Before the end of the next working day

There is no fee if the vehicle is brought back to us before the end of the next working day for a partial retest on one or more of the following day only:

1. Access panel
2. Battery
3. Windscreen and glass
4. Windscreen wipers
5. Windscreen washers
6. Wheels and tyres

Bringing your vehicle back within 10 working days

If the vehicle is removed from our garage for repair and returned within 10 working days following the day it originally paid, then only a partial retest is needed with no charge.

Vehicle Structure – free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific ares, free from sharp edges.

Fuel system – No leaks. caps fastens and seals securely. the fuel cap will need to be opened. Make sure the key is available.

Exhaust emission – Vehicle meet the requirements of exhaust emissions, dependant on the age an fuel of the vehicle.

Exhaust system – Secure, complete, without serious leaks and silences effectively.

Seat belts – Front seats secure. front and rear back seats can be secured on the upright position.

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

Mirrors – Presence,condition, security.

Brakes – Condition, operation and performance (efficiently test). Note the removal of the road wheels is not part of the test.

Tyre and wheels – Condition, security, tyre size/ type and thread depth. Spare tyre is not inspected.

Registration plates – Condition, security, digits correctly formed and spaced.

Lights – Condition, operation, security, and correct colour. Also the headlamps will be check to see if the aim is correct.

Bonnet – Secure safely in the closed position.

Wipers/Washers – Operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.

Windscreen – Condition and the driver’s view of the road.

Horn – An audible warning must be loud enough to be heard by the other road users.

Steering and suspension – Correct condition and operation

Vehicle identification – Not more than one different identification number should be present on a vehicle first used on or after 1 August 1980.