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MOT Questions and Answers

MOT Questions and Answers

MOT Questions & Answers

If the Car Owner's Guide to the MOT or the questions and answers on these pages doesn't cover your problem, try posing your question on the MOT Testing Forum.

Below is a selection of Frequently Asked Questions, with answers which were correct at the time of posting.

Please note that regulations may change, and the general advice given here may have been superseded. Whilst we make every attempt to ensure that information provided is correct, for a definitive answer, visitors should refer to current MOT legislation.

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 11:21

DVSA Information

DVSA information(VOSA has been renamed DVSA since April 2014) A guide to the government agency – now renamed DVSA – which supervises the MOT scheme  DVSA supervises the MOT scheme…
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:42

UK Car MOT Inspection Manual

UK Car MOT Inspection Manual (Classes 3, 4, 5 and 7) (Private Passenger and Light Commercial Vehicle Testing) Crown Copyright, sourced from VOSA/DVSA 4 March 2014 For motorists the Manual…
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:24

UK Motorcycle MOT Inspection Manual

UK Motorcycle MOT Testing Guide (Classes 1 and 2) (Motorcycle Testing) Crown Copyright, sourced from VOSA/DVSA 4 March 2014 As can be seen from the comparison of the Manuals the…
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:25

UK MOT Testing Guide

UK MOT Testing Guide (Handbook for Scheme Administration) Crown Copyright, sourced from VOSA/DVSA 4 March 2014 The MOT Test in Britain started in around 1960, but is now regulated by…
Council-Run MOT Testing Stations Many money-saving websites suggest that motorists could save money by going to Local Council operated Testing Stations because they don't do MOT repairs, and so have…
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 23:39

MOT Test Checks List continued

The UK MOT Test Check List – Page 2 QUICK CLICKSOn this page:Structure, Body • Seats • Brakes • Windscreen • Mirrors • Suspension • Exhaust & Emissions • Fuel…
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 18:19

MOT Test Checks List

The UK MOT Test Check List – Page 1 Updated 12/03/2014 QUICK CLICKS On this page: Click on items below to go to text Instrument Panel • Registration plates and…
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 20:08

History of the MOT Test

What is an MOT Test? The MOT is a regular examination of the condition of cars and light commercial vehicles in mainland Britain. It is required annually on all vehicles…
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 10:46

Search For Your Nearest MOT Station

To find an MOT Testing Station: // Click on "Search", then type in your search criteria: eg, if you want to search in a postcode area, in the Postcode column…
Monday, 21 May 2012 20:47

European Comparisons

Comparing the internal vehicle Testing requirements between different EU states is very interesting. Both in mainland Britain and in Holland vehicle Testing and repair can be carried out at the…
Sunday, 20 May 2012 11:43

VOSA Information

Vehicle Operator & Services agency (VOSA) information(VOSA has been renamed DVSA since April 2014) A guide to the government agency – now renamed DVSA – which supervises the MOT scheme …
Sunday, 20 May 2012 10:58

What is the 'MOT'?

Welcome to the ‘Car Owner's Guide to the MOT’ page Here you will find just about everything you need to know about the UK MOT and getting your vehicle MOT…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 16:44

After the MOT Test

MOT Problems? This page deals with problems you might have following an MOT Test. Should your vehicle have passed and it has been failed? Should it have failed and it…
Friday, 06 April 2012 19:35

Prepare Your Car For the MOT

Some simple ways to help your car pass the MOT! Updated March 2015. Whether or not you are a good DIY car mechanic there are some things you can do…
Friday, 06 April 2012 19:30

'No-Fee' Retest Items

After failure, fees for re-examination vary according to the following circumstances: If your vehicle is left with the Testing Station for repair and re-examination – NO FEE If the vehicle…
Friday, 06 April 2012 19:22

Your MOT Test Certificate

Your MOT certificate confirms that your vehicle, at the time of its test, without dismantling it, met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. It doesn’t…
Friday, 06 April 2012 18:29

MOT Price List and Information

The MOT Fee is fixed periodically by the Government's executive agency the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA, previously the Vehicle Operator and Services Agency (VOSA)), in conjunction with the…

UK MOT Testing Manuals Online


If you need more detailed information about the UK MOT Test, such as the method of inspection and reasons for failure, click on the relevant links below.

 UK MOT Testing Guide

If you want to become a Tester or to set up a Testing Station, what you need to do will be found in the Guide. It will also tell you how you will be expected to run the Testing Station and as a Tester what will happen if you do not carry out an MOT Test correctly – a disciplinary code.

UK Motorcycle Inspection Manual

The MOT examination for motorcycles is considerably more basic than that for cars and light commercial vehicles. This Manual covers the items checked, method of inspection and reasons for rejection.

UK Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Inspection Manual

This Manual covers the items checked, method of inspection and reasons for rejection for MOT Testing cars and light commercial vehicles.

MOT Industry Blogs

  • MOT price cutting and fee discounting
    We recently received this letter from a reader of the magazine – unfortunately too late for publication in the February…
  • Stolen Vehicle Report
    I thought it would be good to follow up on the vehicle security, since there has been quite a bit…
  • Diesel Particulate Filter Removal, and the MOT
    Diesel particulate filters – and the MOT In late September, a labour Peer in the House of Lords, Lord Berkeley,…
  • Brake Imbalance Debacle?
    As Testers know, Special Notice 3 0 2013 took effect on 26th June this year. It mandated a new way…
  • EU want MOT and repairs separated…
    Last summer the EU Commission, just a year after their last load of MOT revisions issued a proposed new ‘Regulation’…
  • MOT Training 'Word Games'
    Guess what currently appears to be an 'heinous' word in the motor trade vocabulary ********?It is a little word which…
  • Key Security Systems
    Transponders have been around for some time on vehicles, in 1994 Ford Motor company started to fit transponders to Fiestas,…
  • MOT Fee Discounting
    Over last Saturday’s leisurely breakfast, I was reading the motoring section of the Weekend Telegraph and was intrigued by a…