MOT TEST

The MoT looks at many parts of your car to ensure they meet key legal requirements at the time of test. The MoT Test will make sure:

  • The body and vehicle structure is free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas and there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury.
  • The fuel system has no leaks and the fuel cap fastens and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened so be sure the key is available.
  • The exhaust meets the requirements for exhaust emissions, depending on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.
  • The exhaust system is secure, complete, without serious leaks and silences effectively.
  • Seat belts are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seat belts must be in place.
  • Seats are secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position.
  • Doors latch securely in closed position. Front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items.
  • Mirrors are in place, in good condition and secure.
  • The boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.
  • The brakes are in good condition and the operation and performance (efficiency test) is satisfactory. Note the removal of the road wheels is not part of the test.
  • The tyres and wheels are in good condition, secure, of the correct size and type and tread depth is sufficient. Spare tyres are not inspected.
  • The registration plates are in good condition and secure and that the characters are correctly formed and spaced.
  • The lights are in operational condition and secure. Headlamps are tested for aim.
  • The bonnet securely latches in the closed position.
  • Wipers and washers operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.
  • The windscreen is in good condition and the driver’s view of the road is clear.
  • The horn operates correctly and is of a suitable type.
  • Steering and suspension are of a satisfactory condition and operation.
  • The vehicle identification number (VIN) is on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. Not more than one different VIN is displayed except on multistage build vehicles.