Comprehensive MOT Test Centre Information Near Me

Find the nearest MOT Test Centres. Enter your postcode in the search box and we'll find all the MOT Stations near you ordered by distance. In addition to a handy map we will also include booking telephone numbers and, where possible, opening times. If you have a car, van, motor bike, private passenger vehicle or, even, a trike, we'll list all the M.O.S. Test Centers near you.

MOT Test Centre Counties

UK MOT Test Centres in Hertfordshire

Green Tye
St Ibbs
Rucklers Lane
Chipping
Hunsdonbury
Burge End
Bishop's Stortford
Buckland
Sandon
Stapleford
Baker's End
Gubblecote
Tower Hill
Rableyheath
Woodside
Tring
Stocking Pelham
Graveley
Allen's Green
Barwick Ford
Sacombe
Norcott Hill
Hoddesdon
Bricket Wood
Gustard Wood
Bulbourne
Northwood
Mangrove Green
Weston
Potten End
The Flints
Maple Cross
Lemsford
Borehamwood
Essendon
Watton at Stone
Whempstead
Bedmond
Darleyhall
Kings Langley
West End
Ley Green
Mill End
Monks Green
Gravesend
Hadham Cross
Aspenden
Berkhamsted
Paynes End
Water End
London Colney
East End
Hogpits Bottom
Astrope
Puttenham
Royston
The Willows
St Margarets
Sawbridgeworth
Round Bush
Harrow
Hertingfordbury
Bentley Heath
Benington
Whitwell
Little Berkhamsted
Colney Street
Bushey
Holwellbury
Newnham
Albury End
Wallington
Ickleford
Waterdale
Blackmore End
Little Tring
Little Wymondley
Codicote Bottom
Bromley
Haultwick
Furneux Pelham
Flamstead
Lilley
Great Amwell
Ansells End
Thundridge
Reed End
Redbourn
High Cross
Shenleybury
Holwell
Ashbrook
Cow Roast
Dassels
Upwick Green
Sandridge
Bury Green
Patchetts Green
Colney Heath
Lower Titmore Green
Ashwell
Clay End
Westmill
Nettleden
Driver's End
King's Walden
Clapgate
Breachwood Green
Standon Green End
Latchford
South-end
Thorley
North Mymms
Daw's End
Wilstone
Braughing
Wadesmill
Hemel Hempstead
Chipperfield
Elstree
Cheapside
Horn Hill
Cumberlow Green
Luffenhall
Standon
Barwick
High Leigh
Cromer
Westland Green
High Wych
Wyddial
Birch Green
Ringshall
Cole Green
Great Offley
Smith's End
Widford
Shenley
Labby Green
Harlow
Thorley Wash
Stotfold
South Mimms
Nomansland
Great Wymondley
Coleman Green
Levens Green
Mackerye End
Woolmer Green
Chorleywood
Hay Green
Hall's Green
Hudnall
Aldbury
Nasty
Langley
Old Knebworth
Welwyn
Nobland Green
Broadoak End
Nup End Green
Braughing Friars
Hudnall Corner
Ware
Perry Green
Kimpton
Ayot St Peter
Roe End
Tewin
Sarratt
Bovingdon
Bull's Green
Baldock
Chapmore End
Dancers Hill
Letchmore Heath
The Folly
Wildhill
Oaklands
Bulstrode
Peters Green
Hare Street
Great Gaddesden
Watford
Hertford
Puckeridge
Bassus Green
Caldecote
Stevenage
Jockey End
How Wood
Howe Green
Goff's Oak
Redhill
Little Hormead
Long Marston
Albury
Smallford
Hitchin
Spellbrook
Sleapshyde
Brickendon
St Ippolyts
Hailey
Ardeley
Green Street
Bendish
Northaw Valley
Friar's Wash
Hexton
Walkern
Marsworth
Slip End
Great Hormead
Cottered
Ashwell End
Ayot Green
Radwell
Shaftenhoe End
Potters Crouch
Gilston
Tyttenhanger
Astwick
Shaw Green
Lea Valley
Cold Christmas
Hook's Cross
Northaw
Roydon
Frogmore
Epping Green
Dane End
Throcking
Kemprow
Stanmore
Moor Green
Bayford
Langley Bottom
Ridge
Markyate
Charlton
Lower Green
Micklefield Green
Nuthampstead
Southern Green
Rush Green
Appspond
Hunsdon
Gosmore
Wigginton
Cockernhoe
Staines Green
The Heath
Redcoats Green
Patmore Heath
Warren's Green
Brent Pelham
Barleycroft End
Much Hadham
Hay Street
Knebworth
Todd's Green
Luton
Piper's End
Kettle Green
Temple Dinsley
Cherry Green
Codicote
Chiswell Green
Babbs Green
Amwell
Hickman's Hill
Letchworth
Welwyn Garden City
Nether Street
Buntingford
Tea Green
Hastoe
Bucks Hill
Aldenham
Chandler's Cross
Kinsbourne Green
Little Gaddesden
Wareside
Hebing End
Little Almshoe
Abbots Langley
Wellpond Green
Barkway
St Albans
Burn's Green
Trowley Bottom
Wandon End
Thorley Street
Eastwick
Aston End
Wheathampstead
Newsells
Radlett
Broad Colney
Preston
Rushden
Anstey
Sergehill
Tringford
St Paul's Walden
Fields End
Harpenden
Datchworth
Cadwell
Clothall
Little Hadham
Tonwell
Ayot St Lawrence
Newgate Street
Bramfield
Reed
Cromer Hyde
Cheshunt
Hunton Bridge
Potters Bar
Hertford Heath
Therfield
Wilstone Green
Burnham Green
Puttock's End
Aston
Pouchen End
Patient End
Kitts End
Rusling End
Stanborough
Tewin Wood
Commonwood
Meesden
Park Street
Ayres End
Pimlico
Hatfield
Stanstead Abbotts
Barley
Wormley West End
Harmer Green
Lincoln Hill
Hinxworth
Barnet
Green End
Porter's End
Bygrave
Sacombe Green
Frithsden
Pottersheath
Titmore Green
Childwick Green
West Leith
Pirton
Wood End
Letty Green
West Hyde
Great Munden
Waterford
Colliers End
East End Green
Whippendell Bottom
Waltham Cross
Flaunden
Cradle End
Rickmansworth
Snow End
Cuffley
Roe Green
Kelshall

When to get an MOT

The MOT test is designed to check that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards defined by the Department for Transport.

The rules that determine when you need to MOT your vehicle depend on the type of vehicle you have and what you use it for. These rules are grouped into Classes which currently include 1, 2, 3, 4, 4a, 5, 5a and 7. Broardly speaking you need to MOT your vehicle on;

  • the third anniversary of its registration
  • the anniversary of its last MOT, if it's over 3 years old
The exception to this is vehicles that are categorised as Class 4, 5 and 5a which need to be MOT tested every 12 months.

Driving a vehicle without an MOT can attract a fine of up to £1,000

Expired MOT certificate

It is not acceptable to drive a vehicle if its MOT has certificate expired. Doing so can result in a prosecution. Exceptions to this rule are;

  • to or from somewhere to be repaired,
  • to a pre-arranged MOT test1.

1A pre-arranged MOT test is one that has been arranged in advance. If you are stopped on the way to a drop in MOT test centre without an appointment you may not qualify for an exemption.

MOT renewal

An MOT lasts for a calendar year. The MOT expiration date is printed on the MOT pass certificate.

It is important to ensure your vehicle's MOT test certificate is renewed before the MOT test due date. This is can be done as early as a month minus 1 day before the expiration of the current certificate or anniversary of the registration of the vehicle. It is acceptable to get a new MOT test certificate at any time, however, the start date of the certificate will change if the renewal date is more than a month minus a day before the expiration of the current certificate.

MOT Test Fees and Class Descriptions

The Department for Transport has specified maximum fees that MOT test centres can charge. These are broken down by the Class of the vehicle as this roughly equates to the amount of effort required by the MOT Test Centre to carry out the test. The following table explains the Classes and associated costs.

ClassVehicle TypeAge before
MOT (years)
Maximum
Fee
1Motorcycle (engine size up to 200cc)3£ 29.65
1Motorcycle with sidecar (engine size up to 200cc)3£ 37.80
2Motorcycle (engine size over 200cc)3£ 29.65
2Motorcycle with sidecar (engine size over 200cc)3£ 37.80
33-wheeled vehicles (up to 450kg unladen weight)3£ 37.80
43-wheeled vehicles (over 450kg unladen weight)3£ 54.85
4Cars (up to 8 passenger seats)3£ 54.85
4Motor caravans3£ 54.85
4Quads (max unladen weight 400kg - for goods vehicles 550kg and max net power of 15kw)3£ 54.85
4Dual purpose vehicles3£ 54.85
4Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)3£ 54.85
4Ambulances and taxis1£ 54.85
4Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9 to 12 passenger seats)1£ 57.30
4Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight)3£ 54.85
4aClass 4 vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation check£ 64.00
5Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (13 to 16 passenger seats)1£ 59.55
5Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (more than 16 passenger seats)1£ 80.65
5Playbuses1£ 80.65
5aClass 5 vehicles (13 to 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check£ 80.50
5aClass 5 vehicles (more than 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check£ 124.50
7Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight)3£ 58.60

Test Failures and Retests

If your vehicle has failed its MOT Test you may qualify for a free or reduced retest.

If the MOT Test Centre carries out the repair then ordinarily they would retest the vehicle at a reduced cost or no cost at all, depending on the nature of the work and the time between the two MOT tests.

If you decide to take your vehicle away for repair you will need to ensure that your vehicle's current certificate is still valid. If your certificate is no longer valid then you will only be able to take your vehicle to a repair agent to get the defects corrected and to an MOT Test Centre with a pre-arranged MOT test appointment. You will not be able to take your vehicle to any other location.

If you have taken your vehicle away for repair and manage to return it to the same test centre before the end of the next working day for a retest, the MOT Test Centre will not charge for the partial retest, assuming the repair is one or more of the following items;

  • access panels
  • battery
  • bonnet
  • bootlid
  • brake pedal antislip
  • break glass hammer (class 5 vehicles only)
  • doors (including hinges, catches and pillars)
  • door open warning device (class 5 vehicles only)
  • dropsides
  • electrical wiring
  • emergency exits and signs (class 5 vehicles only)
  • entrance door remote control (class 5 vehicles only)
  • entrance/exit steps (class 5 vehicles only)
  • fuel filler cap
  • headlamp cleaning or levelling devices (that doesn’t need a headlamp aim check)
  • horn
  • lamps (excluding headlamp aim)
  • loading door
  • main beam 'tell-tale'
  • mirrors
  • rear reflectors
  • registration plates
  • seatbelts (but not anchorages), seatbelt load limiter and seatbelt pre-tensioner
  • seats
  • sharp edges or projections
  • stairs (class 5 vehicles only)
  • steering wheel
  • tailboard
  • tailgate
  • trailer electrical sockets
  • towbars (excluding body around anchorage points)
  • tyre pressure monitoring system
  • vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • windscreen glass, wipers and washers
  • wheels and tyres (excluding motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecar)
If the repair is for another fault or you do not get your vehicle back within the time period then you are eligible for a charge.

If you return your vehicle, after a repair, within 10 working days of the original test then the MOT Test Centre can complete a partial test which may be free or at a reduce charge. If it is not within this period then the MOT Text Centre will need to carry out a full test for which a full charge can be made.

Booking an MOT

MOT Test Centres offer a variety of methods for booking your vehicle in for a test. The primary means of booking is by phone. Our website offers a handy click to call facility if you are using a compatible device saving the need to save or write the number down. It is also worth noting that many sites now have online booking capabilities making it quick and easy for you to book your car in for a test.

MOT Test Centre maximum fees are controlled. Familiarise yourself with the Class of your vehicle and ensure that the MOT Test Centre does not charge you more than the maximum fee specified.

How does the MOT Test work?

An MOT test is an annual check of qualifying vehicles by an approved agent of items the Department of Transport has deemed essential for the safe operation of the vehicle on the public highway. Checks vary by vehicle category but all include essential items like headlights, seatbelt and tyres.

The MOT Test is designed to ensure the vehicle meets road safety and emission standards as defined by the Department for Transport. The test ensures your vehicle is in appropriate condition for use on the road. The MOT Test focuses on elements of the vehicle that ensure the safety of the driver, passengers and other road users. The Test does not concern itself with the condition of the vehicle's engine or gearbox, for example, but does focus on items such as seat belts, breaks and lights. For a full guide please read the MOT Inspection Manual.

Whilst the MOT Test is being performed you are allowed to view the Test from the MOT Public viewing area. You are not, however, allowed to interact with the Tester during the course of their duties.

MOT Test Completion

When the MOT Tester has completed the inspection you will be issued with a certificate. This can be an MOT Certificate, if the vehicle has passed, or a refusal of an MOT Test Certificate. In either case the outcome, along with the vehicles odometer reading will be recorded in the MOT test database, which is a national register.

If the vehicle has passed the MOT Test the MOT Certificate will be issued with, amoungst other things, the epiration date of the Certificate. You will need to repeat this process again before this date.

If the vehicle has NOT passed the MOT Test the refusal of an MOT Test Certificate will be issued which contains the reasons why the vehicle failed the test. If you decide to take the vehicle away for repair then please ensure you have familiarised yourself with the rules related to retesting your vehicle, especially if your MOT Test Certificate has expired.

If you feel you vehicle has been incorrectly failed then you may lodge an appeal with the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) by calling them on 0300 123 9000 week days between 7:30am to 6pm. You should also contact them if you think your MOT Test Certificate is not geniune or if you think your vehicle has passed when it shouldn't have.

Driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition can attract a fine of up to £2,000, a driving ban and 3 penalty points
Information on this site is correct at time of publication. We assume no responsibility for any incorrect data, ommissions or errors.
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