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.
The MOT Certificate
The MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test, without dismantling it, the vehicle meets the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. It doesn't mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the length of time the certificate is valid. The MOT certificate is also no guarantee of the general mechanical condition of your vehicle. The test doesn't cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.
The MOT looks at some important items on your car to see that they meet key legal requirements at the time of test.
We have designated test bays where we conduct the test, using a range of equipment that meets the required specification for MOT testing. The standard test procedures are laid out in an inspection manual that we will make available on request. You can watch the test from a designated viewing area but you are not allowed to interrupt the tester while he is working.
If your vehicle has failed the test, you'll be given a failure document with reference to this manual. We will allow you up to 10 working days with which to get any necessary repairs carried out and re-present your vehicle for one free re-test.