The MOT test is an annual safety check to ensure your vehicle meets the minimum safety standards set out by the DVSA (Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency). All vehicles 3 years old or more require an annual MOT test by law. Below is an overview of the checks that will carried out during your MOT test.
Vehicle structure and body shell are checked during the MOT test for excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas of the vehicle. Any sharp edge can result in a MOT failure. Towbars are also checked for security, condition and inappropriate repairs or modifications. Whilst the speedometer will be checked for condition and operation.
Securely latches in the closed position.
The MOT tests the efficiency of the vehicle's braking performance, condition and operation. Most vehicles are tested on a rolling road brake tester. Where applicable, the Anti-locking braking system (ABS) and ESC (electronic stability control) will be checked and the malfunction indicator lamps (MIL) for each of the following; ABS, ESC, electronic parking brake (EPB) and brake fluid warning.
The MOT tester will check that the doors open and close correctly and that the latch is secure in a closed position. Front doors should open from both the inside and outside of the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items like rear seatbelts
Checks will be made for visible electrical wiring. Battery will be checked to ensure it is secure and shows no sign of leaks.
Exhaust System & Emissions
The MOT test covers your exhaust emissions, ensuring that the vehicle is within the specified guidelines and that the exhaust is complete, secure, without serious leaks and silences effectively.
The fuel system is checked during the MOT test for leaks and that the fuel cap fastens and seals securely.
The MOT test will cover the horn’s operation for effectiveness and the type is correct.
The MOT test checks the condition, operation, security and colour of your vehicles lights. The test will also check to see if the headlamp aim is correct and the main beam warning light is operational.
The MOT test will also check to ensure your boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.
The mirrors on your vehicle are checked during the MOT test for condition and security.
The MOT tester will check the condition, security, legibility and the format of letters and numbers on your registration plate.
During the test the driver’s seat is checked for adjustment. All of the vehicle’s seats are checked for security and that seat backs can be secured in the upright position.
All seatbelts including those in the rear of the vehicle are checked for type, condition, correct operation and security and that all compulsory seatbelts are in place. The MOT tester will also check the malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) for air bags and seat belt pre tensioners.
Steering and suspension
The MOT tester will also check the Steering and Suspension components for correct condition and that the operation is correct. They will also check the operation of the steering lock mechanism (if applicable).
Wheels and tyres
The nominated MOT tester will check the vehicle's wheels and tyres for a number of key points: the condition, security, tyre size and type and tread depth. The tester will check the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) for any faults with the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) where this has been installed.
NOTE: Spare tyres are not inspected.
Wipers and washer bottle
During the MOT test, the nominated tester will check your vehicle's wipers and washers ensuring they operate properly and give the driver a clear view of the road.
The nominated tester will check the windscreen condition and driver's view of the road and that there are no chips or cracks affecting the driver's line of sight.
Vehicle identification number
The MOT test checks that the Vehicle Identification Number commonly referred to as the VIN is legibly displayed on the vehicle.