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The MOT certificate

The MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test, without dismantling, the vehicle met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. It doesn?t mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the length of time the certificate is valid. The MOT certificate is also no guarantee of the general mechanical condition of your vehicle. The test doesn?t cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox?? QUOTE DIRECT FORM GOVERNMENT WEB SITE

The M.O.T. Test Explained

Originally called the Ministry of Transportation test, an MOT is an annual examination of a vehicle that is three years old or more. The MOT tests both the safety of your vehicle and the level of emissions in the exhaust.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your vehicle is examined every 12 months. Without an MOT certificate, you will be unable to renew your road tax. Having a current MOT certificate is also a legal requirement in the UK.

MOT Nominated Testers are qualified to assess your vehicle against specific safety criteria and to pass it as acceptable and safe, or not. The acceptable standards are as recorded in the current Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) Vehicle Inspection Manual.

The assessment is based on the state of the vehicle on the day. The Nominated Tester cannot fail a vehicle on the basis that its condition will get worse and not be acceptable in the near future.

Without dismantling it, the MOT test examines a vehicle`s mechanical condition, to determine if it meets the road safety and environmental standards required by law at the time of the test. For the safety of the driver, passengers and any other road users, the MOT test ensures that the safety of the vehicle will not cause any limitation to vision or movement.

It is important to note however, that the MOT test does not guarantee that the vehicle is roadworthy for the validity period of the certificate and regular maintenance is still advisable. Of equal importance, the MOT does not cover or examine the condition of the engine, clutch, gearbox or battery. To assess these items a service inspection would be required.

An individual part of the vehicle may be considered to be beyond its serviceable life by the MOT tester, but still be deemed safe and therefore acceptable to pass the MOT Test applying the test criteria.

Areas that are tested include the body and vehicle structure, fuel system, exhaust emissions and system, the seats and seat belts, the doors, the mirrors, load security, the brakes, the tyres and wheels, registration plates, the lights, the bonnet, boot and tailgate, tow bar, wipers and washers, the windscreen, the horn, steering and suspension and the vehicle identification number for vehicles first registered on or after 2nd August 1980.

Some of these items are tested for their safety and stability on the road, however the test does not necessarily determine the performance of these item

The MOT is not an alternative to properly servicing and maintaining a vehicle and is by no means a 12 month guarantee of the vehicle's roadworthiness. The MOT test does not cover areas of a vehicle's mechanical condition that are not related to safety or emissions (important features such as the clutch, gear box or the entire engine are not tested). Neither does it determine whether or not after market features fitted are legal for use on the public highway, so a vehicle with a recent VT20 certificate could still have major mechanical defects or have features which would deem it illegal to be used on the road. Ultimately, it is the vehicle owner's responsibility to ensure it is kept in a roadworthy condition

Some items that are tested for wear cannot be allocated specific limits to be examined without the addition of specialised and often expensive equipment. Also, any dismantling of any part of the vehicle during an MOT is strictly against test regulations so wear and tear on some items on certain models of vehicle might be difficult to properly ascertain (e.g. since wheels cannot be removed it might be difficult to determine the thickness of a brake pad). As the MOT is only a basic inspection for general roadworthiness the addition of such equipment would not be cost effective. In these instances the decision to pass or fail comes down to the discretion of the tester as he/she is classed as an expert in their field.

You can book an MOT up to 28 days in advance of its due date. In fact it is not widely known that the expiry date on your new MOT is 12 months from the expiry of your old one. This means you could have an MOT that last 13 months.


What does this mean in reality:

When we carry out a brake test on your vehicle and we cannot see the thickness of the brake pads due to the view being restricted by the type of wheel etc? and it meets the required braking efficiency the vehicle will pass this element of the test.? You could however have a situation where you get ?metal to metal? on the disc very shortly afterwards.

A ball joint on the steering may have some play on it however at the time of test it is not regarded as dangerous. We would advise you of this however the vehicle would pass.? It is up to you to make a decision as to when you get the work completed as it is possible that the unit would fail long before the next MOT is due.

We all know that a bulb could go at any time but as long as they are working at time of test that is all we are concerned with.? Likewise there may only be a little water in the washer bottle but as long as there is enough for us to check the operation that is all we are concerned with.

On many cars these days the brake pipes that run from the front of the car to the rear are enclosed in a plastic shroud and we cannot see them.? These shrouds tend to keep water in them when splashed up from the road,? They may be rusty and unserviceable however we are not allowed to dismantle anything on a vehicle whilst doing the test and these pipes could fail at any time.

Tyres have to meet a minimum requirement. As long as they do the car will pass however if close to the limit we will advise you but often is the case that within a few hundred miles the tyres would be illegal and you will have both the problem with points on your licence if caught and also the ineffectiveness of a worn tyre in inclement road conditions.

Seat Belts.? If there is a baby seat fitted at the time of test we are unable to check the belts and a note will be made of this.? Is could be possible that these belt would not work if needed.

So you can see from the above that it is a MITH that people will have a car MOT?ed and think that all is ok and are surprised that a short time afterwards there may be problems, some of them serious.

There is nothing to replace regular maintenance. The small or interim service will cover a number of items on the vehicle however a Major service ensures that all safety item on a vehicle are thoroughly checked and action taken should the need arise ensuring the safety of you and others as well as unexpected MOT failures of items that can cause great inconvenience.