MOT Test Classes – Description

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MOT Test Classes – description

A description and explanation of the current (early 2018) MOT vehicle Test classes.

New MOT Test vehicle class designations are here.

The vehicles subject to Test under the Regulations are divided into the following Test classes:

ClassDescriptionAge at which first test is required (years)
1Motor bicycles (with or without sidecars) up to 200 cm33
2All motor bicycles (including Class 1) (with or without sidecars).3
33 wheeled vehicles not more than 450 kg unladen weight (excluding motor bicycles with side cars). (3 wheeled vehicles more than 450 kg unladen are in class 4.)3
4Cars, passenger vehicles, motor caravans, Private Hire Vehicles, Motor Tricycles, Quadricycles and dual purpose vehicles in all cases with up to eight passenger seats3
Goods vehicles not exceeding 3,000 kg Design Gross Weight (DGW).3
Taxis and ambulances in either case with up to eight passenger seats.1
Passenger vehicles, ambulances, motor caravans and dual purpose vehicles in all cases with nine to twelve passenger seats that;

  • are fitted with no more seat belts than the minimum required because of their construction; or
  • are identified as having been fitted with a type approved seat belt installation when built; or
  • have been tested as class 4A, 5A or 6A (PSV) with at least the same number of seat belts as are currently fitted.
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4AThe class 4A test is the normal class 4 test with the addition of a check on the installation of certain seat belts. Passenger vehicles, ambulances, motor caravans and dual purpose vehicles in all cases with nine to twelve passenger seats that:

  • are fitted with more seat belts than the minimum required because of their construction and:
  • are not identified as having been fitted with a type approved seat belt installation when built; or
  • have not been tested as class 4A, 5A or 6A (PSV) with at least the same number of seat belts as are currently fitted.
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5Private passenger vehicles, ambulances, motor caravans and dual purpose vehicles in all cases with thirteen or more passenger seats (including community and play buses, etc.) that:

  • are fitted with no more seat belts than the minimum required because of their construction; or
  • are identified as having been fitted with a type approved seat belt installation to all seats when built; or
  • have been tested as class 5A or class 6A (PSV) with at least the same number of seat belts as are currently fitted.
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5AThe class 5A test is the normal class 5 test with the addition of a check on the installation of certain seat belts. Passenger vehicles, ambulances, motor caravans and dual purpose vehicles in all cases with thirteen or more passenger seats (including community buses, etc.) that:

  • are fitted with more seat belts than the minimum required because of their construction and:
  • are not identified as having been fitted with a type approved seat belt installation when built; or
  • have not been tested as class 5A or class 6A (PSV) with at least the same number of seat belts as are currently fitted.
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6, 6APublic service vehicles (PSVs). Tested by DVSA at DVSA Testing Stations, or other designated premises.1
7Goods Vehicles over 3,000 kg up to and including 3,500 kg DGW3

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