MOT Check

MOT Testing Station Directory


What's Covered in the MOT?

The MOT Test is designed to examine your vehicle and ensure it is safe to drive. During the test, the following areas and aspects of your vehicle will be checked:

Body & Structure
Ensure the body and general structure are free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas and there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury.

Fuel System
Ensure there are no leaks and that the fuel cap fastens and seals securely.
The fuel cap will need to be opened so be sure the key is available.

Exhaust Emissions
Check that the vehicle meets the requirements for exhaust emissions, dependant on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.

Exhaust System
Ensure that the system is secure, complete and without serious leaks and that it silences effectively.

Seat Belts
All belts installed are checked for type, condition, operation and security.
All compulsory seat belts must be in place.

The front seats are secure.
Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position.

Doors must latch securely in closed position.
Front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle.
Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items.

The minimum numbers are on the vehicle, their condition and security.

Load Security
Boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.

Their condition, operation and performance (efficiency test).
Note the removal of the road wheels is not part of the test.

Excludes spares.
Condition, security, size, type and tread depth.

Number Plates
Check the condition, security, and that characters correctly formed and spaced.

Their condition, operation and security.
Headlamps for aim.

Securely latches in the closed position.

Washers & Wipers
Operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.

Wind Screen
Its condition and the driver's view of the road.

Operates correctly and is of a suitable type.

Suspension and Steering
Are of a satisfactory condition and operation.

VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
Is on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980.
Not more than one different VIN is displayed except on multistage build vehicles.

Note that the requirements of the MOT test are updated from time to time, and so standards may be introduced in addition to those above.