What is included in the MOT test?
Body / vehicle structure / general items: Free from excessive corrosion
or damage in specific areas. No sharp edges likely to cause injury.
Towbars for security / condition / inappropriate repairs or modification.
Correct operation of 13 pin electrical socket. Speedometer condition and
operation. Engine mountings.
Fuel System: No leaks. Security and condition of pipes / hoses. Fuel cap
fastens and seals securely. Note the fuel cap will need to be opened.
Make sure the key is available.
Exhaust emissions: Vehicle meets the requirements for exhaust
emissions, dependent on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.
Exhaust system: Secure. Complete. Catalyst missing where one was
fitted as standard. Without serious leaks and is not too noisy.
Seat belts: All the seat belts fitted are checked for type, condition,
operation and security. All mandatory seat belts must be in place.
Check of the malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) for air bags and seat belt
Seats: Drivers seat for adjustment. All seats for security and seat backs
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 should open from outside the
vehicle. Hinges and catches for security and condition.
Mirrors: Minimum number required, condition and security.
Load security: Boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.
Brakes: Condition including inappropriate repairs or modifications,
operation and performance (efficiency test). Note the removal of the road
wheels and trims are not part of the test. ABS or electronic stability control
(ESC) where fitted. Check of the MIL for ABS, electronic stability control,
electronic park brake and brake fluid warning.
Tyres and wheels: Condition, security, tyre size/type and tread depth.
Spare tyres are not inspected. Note: vehicles first used on or after 1
January 2012 - check of the MIL for tyre pressure monitoring.
Registration plates: Condition, security, colour, characters correctly
formed and spaced.
Lights: Condition, operation including HID and LED headlamps for
cleaning, self leveling and security. Headlamp aim. Main beam
Bonnet: Securely latches in the closed position.
Wipers/washers: Operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.
Windscreen: Condition and driver’s view of the road.
Horn: Correct operation and of suitable type.
Steering and suspension: Condition, steering oil level, operation, a
check for inappropriate repairs or modification including corrosion to power
steering pipes or hoses. Operation of steering lock mechanism. Check of
the MIL for electronic power steering and steering lock.
Vehicle identification number: Present on vehicles first used on or after
1 August 1980. Not more than one different VIN is displayed except on
multistage build vehicles.
Electrical: Visible electrical wiring and battery.
An 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 does not mean that the
vehicle is roadworthy for the life of
the certificate. The test does not
cover the condition of the engine,
clutch or gearbox.
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