MOT Test of Vehicle Structure, Body Condition and Security

MOT Test Body Condition

MOT Test of vehicle structure, body condition and security

Includes body condition (corrosion) and components such as spoilers, bumpers and mirror housings.

For vehicles with a separate body, the body must not be so insecure or displaced so that it might lead to loss of control of the vehicle when driven, or be a danger to other road users

There must be no dangerous sharp edges or projections caused by corrosion or damage which is dangerous to other road users including pedestrians

Corrosion
A vehicle can fail with respect to corrosion for:

  • Excessive corrosion in a ‘prescribed area’ — within 30 cms of certain safety related components, e.g. brakes, steering, suspension, seat belt mountings etc.
  • Excessive corrosion not in a ‘prescribed area’, but which is likely to adversely affect the vehicle’s braking or steering.

Excessive corrosion’ can mean a hole or a significantly weakened structure

Car battery and electrical wiring to be inspected – includes electric and hybrid vehicles.

Battery
Reason for failure:

  • insecure
  • leaking electrolyte

Wiring
Reason for failure:

  • insecure or inadequately supported
  • damaged or deteriorated (so that it may cause short circuit or become detached)
  • insulation damaged so that wiring or connectors are exposed

See Towbar section for Trailer electrical socket inspection.

Engine mountings

An engine mounting which is missing or seriously deteriorated, resulting in excessive movement. Also includes gearbox mountings that provide essential support for the engine.

Checked for:

  • Presence
  • Security
  • Condition

Reason for failure:
Mounting which is

  • Missing
  • seriously deteriorated resulting in excessive movement

Engine Mounting bracket which is

  • Missing
  • insecure
  • fractured
  • or damaged so that it is likely to fail.

Class (v) Reasons for Rejection:

  • An entrance or exit step or its anti-slip provision is insecure or in such condition that it is likely to be a trip hazard or cause injury, or a retractable step not operating correctly
  • A stair is missing
  • A stair or its anti-slip provision is insecure, or in such a condition that it is likely to be a trip hazard or cause injury
  • A passenger entrance or exit door is in such a condition that its function is impaired, it is likely to cause injury or its remote control is inoperative
  • A passenger ‘Door Open’ warning device is inoperative
  • A ‘Break Glass’ emergency exit hammer is missing
  • An emergency exit sign is missing or illegible
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