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MOT Test of doors

MOT Test of Doors and door catches (6)

Section 6 of the new MOT Testing Manual also includes inspection of the floor.

The inspection of doors has changed. Before May 20th 2018 the condition of the door depended on which door was being inspected. Now all doors are inspected.

A lack of door handles due to the original design or a specialist modification isn’t a defect as long as the door can be latched securely in the closed position.

Driver and passenger doors must open from the outside using the relevant control.

Driver and front passenger doors must also open from the inside using the relevant control.

Load space doors must be able to be secured in the closed position.

Door hinges, catches and pillars will only be rejected for deterioration if it causes the doors not to work as intended.

The following categories apply to defects in this section:

a. A door will not open using the relevant control or close properly
b. A door likely to open inadvertently or not remain closed:
i. in the case of a sliding door
ii. in the case of a turning door
c. A door hinge, catch or pillar:
i. excessively deteriorated
ii. missing or insecure


The Tester will inspect the floor in the driver, passenger and goods carrying compartments.

Areas of floor within a ‘prescribed area’ are covered in sections 1 (brakes), 2 (steering), 5 (axles, wheels, tyres and suspension) and 7 (other equipment).

The following categories apply to defects in this section:

a. A floor:
i. excessively deteriorated or insecure
ii. so deteriorated or insecure it is likely to cause loss of control of the vehicle, injury, load insecurity or instability

Link to all MOT Test procedures and failure items descriptions HERE

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