MOT Test Classes – Description

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MOT Test Classes – description The vehicles subject to Test under the Regulations are divided into the following classes: Class Description Age at which first test is required (years) 1 Motor bicycles (with or without sidecars) up to 200 cm3 3 2 All motor bicycles (including Class 1) (with or without sidecars). 3 3 3 wheeled vehicles not more than…

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The Guide to the UK MOT Test

MOT Test Body Condition

Motorists – you’ll find everything you need to know about the MOT Test here. Under ‘MOT Checks List’ you’ll find a complete description of all MOT Test checks. MOT Q&A Under ‘MOT Q&A’ you’ll find pages of motorist’s questions posed on this website and answered by an MOT expert. (Answers were correct at the time of being published, and regulations…

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History of the MOT Test

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 over three years old with one or two very minor exceptions – small ‘breakdown’ trucks is one example. History – and why it’s called the ‘MOT’ Following the second world…

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MOT Questions and Answers – 1

MOT Testing Questions and Answers

If the Car Owner’s Guide to the MOT or the questions and answers on these pages don’t cover your problem, try posing your question on the MOT Forum. Below is a selection of Frequently Asked Questions, more will be added from time to time. Please note that regulations may change from time to time, and the general advice given here…

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MOT Questions and Answers – 2

MOT Questions and Answers

If the Car Owner’s Guide to the MOT or the questions and answers on these pages don’t cover your problem, try posing your question on the MOT Forum. Below is a selection of Frequently Asked Questions, more will be added from time to time. Please note that regulations may change from time to time, and the general advice given here…

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MOT Questions and Answers – 3

MOT Questions and Answers

If the Car Owner’s Guide to the MOT or the questions and answers on these pages don’t cover your problem, try posing your question on the MOT Forum. Below is a selection of Frequently Asked Questions, more will be added from time to time. Please note that regulations may change from time to time, and the general advice given here…

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European Comparisons

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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 same premises and are largely undertaken by private vehicle repair businesses. In other countries this is not the case and whilst in Spain, Germany and France (for example) private businesses…

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DVSA (previously VOSA) Information

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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 DVSA supervises the MOT scheme by: Authorising MOT Testing Stations and approving MOT Testers Setting standards for MOT Testing and for authorising of the MOT Testing Station and MOT…

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What is the ‘MOT’?

Introduction to the UK MOT All EC states must comply with a Directive to ensure that vehicles using public roads are mechanically safe and operate within emissions limits. In mainland Britain, cars and light commercial vehicles must be Tested when they are three years old (except for taxis) and annually thereafter (this varies throughout the EC). The MOT is designed…

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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 has been passed? either way, you are entitled to an explanation. [All references to VOSA have been changed to DVSA] If you disagree with the MOT Test result Firstly, discuss…

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Prepare Your Car For the MOT

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Most frequent MOT failure items for cars and light vans. 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 to improve the chance that your car will pass the MOT first time. Here’s a quick checklist: Check that all…

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‘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 is taken away from the Testing Station and returns for re-examination on other than one or more of the items listed below, then only the failed item (including any other items affected…

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Your MOT Test Certificate

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 mean the vehicle is roadworthy for the life of the certificate and isn’t a substitute for regular maintenance. Your MOT Test record When your vehicle is tested at a testing…

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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 MOT industry. Working together, the MOT Test is carried out on a variety of vehicles of different ages, using a variety of workshop configurations – all strictly defined and…

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