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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 is the key document. This is the ‘Bible’, MOT Testers are told, in their training which must be followed to the letter when inspecting vehicles for the MOT. The key point about the MOT examination itself is that it is very prescriptive – a ‘do this – do that’ instruction manual for the highly specific, so called ‘Testable items’ which must be inspected during an MOT examination.

Here’s how it works. The Manual is split into sections covering all the different parts of a vehicle which must be inspected – brakes, steering, suspension, tyres and so on. For each section there are three columns entitled, ‘Information’, ‘Method of Inspection’, and ‘Reason for Rejection’ – effectively meaning ‘reason for failure’.

This provides the MOT Tester with vital information about the item being inspected, how he must carry out that inspection. Of course, the final column is the most important – why the component has failed.

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The UK Motorcycle MOT Testing Manual


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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.

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