Car & Van MOT Testing
If you drive a vehicle on the road you must keep it in a roadworthy condition. The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards.
MOT tests can only be carried out by trained and qualified specialists at centres authorised by the Department of Transport. The MOT test isn’t the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn’t check its general mechanical condition. We recommend that your get your vehicle regularly serviced as well as the compulsory MOT test.
Make sure you bring your V5C Vehicle Registration Document and current MOT certificate to the test. The MOT Test is not a substitute for the servicing of a vehicle or a statement of the condition of a vehicle offered for sale.
There are six parts to the test:
Front and rear lamps etc, headlamps, headlamp aim, stop lamps, rear reflectors, direction indicators, hazard lamps, rear fog lights.
- Steering and suspension
Steering control, steering mechanism/system, power steering, transmission shafts, wheel bearings, front suspension, rear suspension, shock absorbers.
- Tyres and wheels
Tyre size/type, tyre condition, road wheels.
ABS warning system/controls, condition of service brake system, condition of parking brake system, service brake performance, parking brake performance.
- Seat belts
Mountings, condition, operation, position.
Driver’s view of the road, horn, exhaust system, exhaust emissions, vehicle condition, mirrors, fuel system registration plates and VIN numbers.