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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