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What does the MOT test include?

What does the MOT test include?

The MOT examines essential components of your vehicle to ensure they are in compliance with important legal requirements at time of the test.

The vehicle’s body and structure

It is free of any damage or corrosion in particular regions and has no sharp edges that could lead to injuries.

The Fuel System

Does not leak and the cap for the fuel is fastened and seals tightly. The cap on the fuel tank will have to be opened, so make sure that the key is accessible.

The exhaust emissions

The vehicle is in compliance with the standards for emissions from exhaust, based on the type of fuel and the age of the vehicle.

The exhaust system

Complete, secure without leaks, and does not utter a sigh of silence.

The seat belts

All belts that are installed are inspected to determine their type condition, operating and safety. All mandatory seat belts are required to be worn.

The seats

The seats in the front are secured. Backseats in the front and rear can be secured when they are in an upright in a straight position.

Components to be checked

The doors

Securely lock the door in locked position. Doors on the front should be open from both the inside and outside of the vehicle. The rear doors could need to be opened in order to gain access to the items to be tested.


The minimum numbers are displayed on the vehicle, along with their state of repair and security.

Security for loading

Tailgate or boot can be secured when in the closed position.

The brakes

Their condition, operating and their performance (efficiency tests). Be aware that the removal of wheel on the road isn’t a part in the testing.

The wheels and tyres

Their state of condition and security, size the tread depth and type. Tyres that are spared are not examined.

The registration plates

Their security, condition the characters are correctly formed and spaced.

The lights

Their condition, their operation, and their security. Headlamps to use in aiming.

The bonnet

Securely latches into the closed position.

The washers and the wipers

Make sure to give your driver an unobstructed view of the road ahead.

The windscreen

The condition of the vehicle and the driver’s view of road.


It is operating correctly and has an appropriate model.

The suspension and steering

Are in good working order and are in operation.

The number of the vehicle identification (VIN)

This is the case for vehicles which were made available after the 1st August 1980. Only one distinct VIN is displayed, except for multistage-built vehicles.

Where can you go to take an MOT test

There are approximately 19,000 garages licensed as MOT test stations across the United States which can conduct the MOT test. The three-triangle logo in blue is displayed to indicate authorized test centers. The cost for the test has to be clearly displayed on a display inside each test facility. However, the test center may charge less than the amount that appears on the poster should they wish to.
What tests are conducted on vehicles

Test stations for MOT have designated test areas where they conduct tests, employing a variety of equipment that is in line with the requirements for MOT testing. The procedures for testing are described in an inspection manual which the test center must make available upon request.

If your car has failed in the testing, you’ll receive an error report with an e-booklet. The test can be watched in a designated viewing space but you’re not permitted interrupt the tester as the test is being conducted.

All MOT testers have completed an education course with VOSA. Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and the results of their tests are reviewed often.
Who is responsible for the scheme?

VOSA is the agency of the government accountable for overseeing the scheme for MOT. It accomplishes this by:

Authorising MOT test stations and the approval of MOT testers
the setting of standards for testing as well as specifications for authorisation for the MOT testers and the test station
authorized examiners in training and MOT testers
attending MOT Test stations as well as conducting inspections to ensure standards for testing are met and facilities are in good condition
providing guidance and taking disciplinary actions when tests aren’t being completed in accordance with the prescribed standards
handling complaints and appeals from MOT customers