11 November 2011
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THE MOT (Ministry Of Transport) CERTIFICATE

It is a legal requirement in the UK to have an MOT test (Ministry of Transport) for any vehicle that is over 3 years. The MOT test is make sure your vehicle remains safe, keeps up with environmental standards and remains in a drivable condition.

Your vehicle is not taken apart or disassembled for any part of the test, which has to be carried out every year after the vehicle has reached three years of age. The vehicle is classed as roadworthy only at the time of the test and not the whole year the certificate is in force. The MOT does not take account of the general condition of the engine, gearbox or clutch.

Area’s covered

The Makeup of the Structure and Body

Overall general condition of the bodywork, to make sure there are not any extreme amounts of deterioration and rust, or badly damaged area’s where they maybe perceived as being a hazard so as to cause injury.

Fuel System

If you have a lockable fuel cap make sure you have the key because it will be needed to undo the fuel cap which is checked to make sure it can be opened and closed, to see if it secures properly without any leakage.

The Exhaust

This should be secured, with all sections being properly attached without leakage, with an effective silencer. The system should meet the government emissions requirement for your particular type of vehicle, type of fuel and age.

Seat Belts

The vehicles compulsory belts will be checked to see if they are all in place and are in good condition and open and close securely.


All the vehicles seats are checked to see if they can be secured in a vertical position, with the front seats tested to see if they remain in a locked position 


All should remain secure when closed. The front doors will opened from the inside and closed. While the rear doors will be opened to obtain entry to test other items IE seatbelts.


These are not removed but have to have an efficiency check there condition, performance and operation.


All main lights are checked including reverse and fog to see if they are working correctly. Main and dip beam headlights are aim tested with the use of a ‘optical beamsetter’.

Wiper blades and Washers

Checked to make sure the driver is provided with a clear view ahead.

The Horn

The correct type is used, and works properly

Load Security

When the boot is opened and then fastened it should remain securely shut.


They should be securely fitted and in good condition.

Suspension and Steering

Should operate correctly and be in a satisfactory condition.

The Bonnet

After being opened should be closed and remain securely fastened.

Number Plates

These should be in good condition, be securely fitted and have lettering that is properly spaced and designed.

Wheels and Tyres

Should be in good all round condition, with reference to size, type, correct tread depth and secure. If applicable, the spare tyre does not form part of the inspection.

VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)

There should only be one VIN number displayed, the only exception being on multistage build vehicles. VIN numbers apply to vehicles registered on or post 1st August 1980.

MOT testing stations have a number of selected test bays where the test is carried out. This involves using an array of equipment specifically designed for the MOT test. All authorized stations have a three blue triangles logo which has to be displayed. The maximum fee has to be displayed, but not necessarily charged.

The MOT testers work under the guidance, supervision and regular inspection of VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) with which they have all taken a training course.

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