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MOT Tests – What is Checked?

What is the MOT test?

The MOT checks crucial components on your vehicle to ensure they are in compliance with important legal requirements at moment of testing.

The vehicle’s body and structure

It is free of extreme corrosion, or damages to specific regions and has no sharp edges that could lead to injuries.

The Fuel System

There are no leaks, and the cap for the fuel is fastened and seals tightly. The cap for fuel will have to be opened, so make certain that the key is in place.

The exhaust emissions

The vehicle is in compliance with the standards for emissions from exhaust, based on the type of fuel and the age of the vehicle.

The exhaust system

Complete, secure without leaks, and is silent effectively.

The seat belts

All belts used are tested for their type of belt, condition, and safety. Seat belts that are required by law are required to be worn.

The seats

The seats in the front are secured. Backseats in the front and rear can be secured when they are in an upright place.

Components to be checked

The doors

Lock securely and secure in the locked position. Doors on the front should be open from both the inside and outside of the vehicle. The rear doors could need to be opened for access to the items to be tested.


The minimum numbers appear on the vehicle, along with their state and their security.

Security for loading

The tailgate or the boot can be secured with the closed position.

The brakes

Their condition, their operation and their performance (efficiency testing). The removal of wheel on the road isn’t a part of this test.

The wheels and tyres

Their state of health is based on security, size, the tread depth and type. Tyres that are spared are not examined.

The registration plates

Their security, condition properly formed characters and spaced.

The lights

Their operation, condition and their operation and. Headlamps that use in aiming.

The bonnet

Securely latches into the closed position.

The washers and wipers

Make sure to give drivers a good view of the road ahead.

The windscreen

Its condition as well as the driver’s perspective of the road.


It is operating correctly and has an appropriate kind.

The suspension and steering

Are in good working order and are in operation.

The number of the vehicle identification (VIN)

This is the case for vehicles which were that were used after the 1st August 1980. There is no more than one VIN is displayed, unless on multistage-built vehicles.

Where can you go to take an MOT test

There are about 19,000 garages licensed as MOT test centers across the nation who can perform the MOT test. The three-triangle logo in blue is used to identify authorized test centers. The fee that is the maximum for the test has to be clearly displayed on a display in every test center. The test station may charge less than the amount that appears on the poster in the event that they choose to.
What tests are conducted on vehicles

MOT test stations are equipped with designated test areas where they test with a range of test equipment that is in line with the specifications for testing MOT. The test procedure is set out in an inspection guideline that the test center must make available upon request.

If your vehicle fails in the testing, you’ll receive an error report with the reference to this manual. You are able to watch the test in a designated viewing space however you aren’t allowed interrupt the tester as they are working.

All MOT test takers have attended an education course with VOSA. Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and the results of their tests are reviewed frequently.
Who oversees the scheme?

VOSA is the agency of the government that is responsible for overseeing MOT. It accomplishes this by:

Authorising MOT test stations and approbating MOT testers
the setting of standards for testing as well as conditions for authorisation of the MOT testers and test stations
Training for authorised examiners, MOT testers
going to MOT testing stations, and conducting tests to ensure that testing standards are met and facilities are properly maintained
providing guidance and taking disciplinary actions when tests aren’t being conducted in accordance with the required standards
managing complaints and appeals from MOT customers