You must get an MOT test every year once your vehicle is 3 years old (or 1 year old in some cases). You can then renew your MOT up to a month before it expires. The earliest date you can get your vehicle tested is printed on the pass certificate.
Components To Be Inspected
- The body and vehicle structure is free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas and there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury.
- The fuel system has no leaks and the fuel cap fastens and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened so be sure the key is available.
- The exhaust meets the requirements for exhaust emissions, depending on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.
- The exhaust system is secure, complete, without serious leaks and silences effectively.
- Seat belts are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seat belts must be in place.
- Seats are secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position.
- Doors 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.
- Mirrors are in place, in good condition and secure.
- The brakes are in good condition and the operation and performance (efficiency test) is satisfactory. Note the removal of the road wheels is not part of the test.
- The boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.
- The tyres and wheels are in good condition, secure, of the correct size and type and tread depth is sufficient. Spare tyres are not inspected.
- The registration plates are in good condition and secure and that the characters are correctly formed and spaced.
- The lights are in operational condition and secure. Headlamps are tested for aim.
- The bonnet securely latches in the closed position.
- Wipers and washers operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.
- The windscreen is in good condition and the driver's view of the road is clear.
- The horn operates correctly and is of a suitable type.
- Steering and suspension are of a satisfactory condition and operation.
- The vehicle identification number (VIN) is on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. Not more than one different VIN is displayed except on multistage build vehicles.
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