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 City Of Edinburgh

EH28 8JA
EH28 8JS
EH28 8NP
EH28 8JZ
EH28 8RA
EH28 8JX
EH28 8RU
EH28 8QX
EH28 8JW
EH28 8PB
EH28 8RB
EH28 8JU
EH28 8QY
EH28 8TY
EH28 8WA
EH28 8WX
EH28 8RT
EH28 8JT
EH28 8RD
EH28 8PE
EH28 8PD
EH28 8RE
EH28 8NY
EH28 8PF
EH28 8RP
EH28 8TT
EH28 8RR
EH28 8PG
EH28 8YH
EH28 8YJ
EH28 8YG
EH28 8PQ
EH28 8RS
EH28 8RF
EH28 8SG
EH28 8SF
EH28 8RW
EH28 8SQ
EH28 8RQ
EH28 8SE
EH28 8RN
EH28 8SB
EH28 8RG
EH28 8RL
EH28 8YF
EH28 8YN
EH28 8QU
EH28 8SD
EH28 8RH
EH28 8RY
EH28 8NX
EH28 8AJ
EH28 8RX
EH28 8SA
EH28 8RZ
EH28 8NW
EH28 8AB
EH28 8AE
EH28 8LX
EH28 8RJ
EH28 8NS
EH28 8NR
EH28 8LU
EH28 8AA
EH28 8QL
EH28 8QZ
EH28 8QD
EH28 8QS
EH28 8QB
EH28 8QT
EH28 8QE
EH28 8QA
EH28 8QP
EH28 8QR
EH28 8LY
EH28 8PZ
EH28 8QF
EH28 8PT
EH28 8TE
EH28 8JY
EH28 8NA
EH28 8PL
EH28 8PY
EH28 8PU
EH28 8QJ
EH28 8PX
EH28 8NH
EH28 8QQ
EH28 8PR
EH28 8ND
EH28 8PS
EH28 8NZ
EH28 8LT
EH28 8LZ
EH28 8TB
EH28 8LN
EH28 8TS
EH28 8NU
EH27 8EG
EH27 8EQ
EH28 8LH
EH28 8QG
EH28 8PP
EH28 8PN
EH28 8LW
EH28 8LR
EH28 8LP
EH28 8AN
EH28 8NB
EH28 8TN
EH28 8TA
EH28 8LE
EH28 8PW
EH28 8NE
EH28 8LJ
EH27 8EB
EH28 8PJ
EH28 8LF
EH28 8LS
EH28 8PA
EH28 8SX
EH28 8NL
EH28 8TR
EH28 8NQ
EH28 8SY
EH28 8NN
EH28 8NJ
EH28 8TD
EH12 9BL
EH28 8PH
EH12 9DB
EH28 8SZ
EH12 9FJ
EH28 8QH
EH28 8NT
EH28 8QN
EH28 8AU
EH28 8TX
EH28 8TP
EH28 8SH
EH28 8QW
EH28 8SS
EH28 8LL
EH28 8NG
EH28 8ST
EH12 9HB
EH28 8SJ
EH28 8LB
EH12 9DD
EH12 9FZ
EH28 8SR
EH28 8SU
EH28 8SP
EH28 8LG
EH12 9FT
EH28 8LD
EH28 8TH
EH27 8EA
EH28 8SL
EH27 8BB
EH28 8SW
EH12 9BW
EH12 9BZ
EH12 9FS
EH28 8LQ
EH12 9FW
EH27 8DZ
EH28 8TG
EH12 9DA
EH12 9DN
EH29 9DZ
EH12 9BN
EH27 8ED
EH28 8SN
EH12 9BS
EH12 9BG
EH12 9BH
EH12 9DP
EH27 8DX
EH27 8DY
EH12 9BJ
EH12 9BP
EH27 8BD
EH12 9SB
EH12 9BY
EH27 8BG
EH28 8LA
EH27 8BE
EH27 8EJ
EH12 9FP
EH29 9EA
EH27 8BQ
EH12 9BQ
EH14 4AF
EH12 9DE
EH12 9BR
EH29 9ER
EH27 8DU
EH27 8EE
EH12 9DL
EH12 9BT
EH27 8DT
EH29 9ES
EH29 9EB
EH29 9DY
EH12 0AQ
EH12 0AZ
EH29 9DU
EH12 0AN
EH12 0AL
EH29 9DX
EH12 0AH
EH12 0AY
EH53 0PN
EH29 9AZ
EH29 9DW
EH12 9BU
EH29 9HJ
EH29 9DP
EH12 0AW
EH14 4AG
EH29 9GH
EH29 9AY
EH12 0AJ
EH29 9HB
EH29 9BA
EH14 4BD
EH29 9AU
EH29 9AX
EH14 4AD
EH29 9PA
EH12 0AG
EH29 9DN
EH29 9GF
EH29 9DS
EH29 9BB
EH12 9GF
EH29 9HD
EH14 4AP
EH29 9DT
EH14 4AH
EH29 9BD
EH29 9DL
EH14 4AL
EH29 9BG
EH29 9BE
EH29 9AT
EH29 9DG
EH14 4BB
EH29 9DR
EH53 0HT
EH29 9AD
EH14 4YG
EH12 0AP
EH27 8BY
EH29 9DF
EH12 0AE
EH29 9DJ
EH29 9AS
EH29 9DQ
EH14 4AB
EH29 9BN
EH29 9AB
EH12 0AT
EH29 9EW
EH29 9AF
EH29 9YB
EH29 9AE
EH29 9DE
EH29 9YA
EH29 9BL
EH12 9BX
EH14 4AQ
EH29 9AA
EH29 9DH
EH27 8DS
EH29 9BU
EH29 9DD
EH12 9DH
EH29 9AG
EH29 9BT
EH29 9FF
EH29 9BX
EH29 9DB
EH29 9BS
EH29 9BJ
EH29 9EQ
EH12 9GE
EH12 9SA
EH12 9SH
EH12 9XX
EH12 9GB
EH29 9DA
EH12 0AD
EH29 9AR
EH12 9BE
EH12 9QQ
EH12 9DJ
EH29 9AQ
EH29 9BY
EH14 4AS
EH29 9BZ
EH14 4AW
EH14 4AE
EH29 9BW
EH12 0BB
EH14 4AX
EH14 4YD
EH29 9AP
EH29 9BH
EH12 0AU
EH14 4AZ
EH29 9AW
EH29 9AH
EH29 9FD
EH29 9BQ
EH12 0AX
EH29 9GA
EH12 9RG
EH12 9DF
EH14 4AT
EH12 9FY
EH29 9LD
EH29 9LA
EH29 9EE
EH29 9FZ
EH29 9FB
EH29 9LB
EH52 5PD
EH29 9BP
EH14 4BA
EH29 9AJ
EH29 9AN
EH29 9EX
EH29 9HA
EH29 9GB
EH29 9ED
EH12 9DT
EH12 9HA
EH52 5PZ
EH12 9SE
EH12 8NP
EH29 9GD
EH29 9BF
EH52 5QB
EH29 9EZ
EH29 9AL
EH29 9FL
EH29 9ET
EH14 4AA
EH29 9FQ
EH29 9FX
EH12 8NR
EH12 9LH
EH29 9EP
EH29 9FP
EH12 0BD
EH29 9HH
EH29 9FN
EH29 9HE
EH29 9FY
EH12 9JT
EH12 9JS
EH12 9JY
EH29 9FJ
EH52 5PB
EH29 9FG
EH29 9FE
EH12 9JX
EH29 9HG
EH14 7DD
EH12 8ND
EH52 5BA
EH14 7DF
EH52 5AQ
EH12 0AA
EH12 9JR
EH12 9JU
EH27 8EF
EH27 8DN
EH27 8BU
EH14 7DE
EH29 9FW
EH14 4AR
EH12 9HW
EH12 9RH
EH14 7DB
EH14 7DG
EH12 9YT
EH12 9YQ
EH12 9YS
EH12 9YR
EH12 9HH
EH29 9HF
EH27 8AZ
EH12 8LZ
EH27 8EN
EH27 8EP
EH12 9FX
EH12 8LX
EH14 7BT
EH12 8LU
EH29 9FH
EH12 9DQ
EH14 7DA
EH12 8LY
EH11 4FE
EH27 8DR
EH12 9JP
EH52 5BQ
EH29 9FT
EH14 5TA
EH14 5TZ
EH14 4AJ
EH29 9FS
EH27 8AY
EH14 7BX
EH14 5TB
EH29 9EF
EH29 9FR
EH14 7BS
EH14 5SZ
EH12 8NE
EH29 9EU
EH12 9HZ
EH12 9HT
EH29 9EY
EH52 5BE
EH12 9XL
EH12 9XJ
EH12 9XE
EH12 9XG
EH12 9XH
EH12 9XF
EH12 9XA
EH12 8NA
EH12 8NY
EH14 7BN
EH14 7LZ
EH12 9HL
EH14 7FD
EH14 7BY
EH14 7BU
EH27 8AX
EH14 7DQ
EH12 8NF
EH14 7BW
EH12 9GG
EH12 8NB
EH14 5TH
EH29 9GE
EH14 7BZ
EH14 5TD
EH12 8NX
EH12 9JE
EH52 5AU
EH14 5SU
EH12 0AS
EH12 8LT
EH27 8AR
EH12 9HY
EH12 9ZA
EH12 9XB
EH12 9XD
EH12 9DR
EH12 9XT
EH12 9XW
EH12 9XN
EH91 5AD
EH91 5AT
EH14 7NG
EH14 5RP
EH14 5TN
EH12 8LS
EH11 4DF
EH27 8YF
EH27 8YE
EH27 8YB
EH27 8EH
EH29 9FA
EH14 5SY
EH14 5SX
EH27 8AS
EH11 4DU
EH27 8BH
EH27 8AT
EH14 7BP
EH12 9HP
EH14 5TJ
EH12 9JD
EH11 4YY
EH91 5BB
EH91 5BA
EH91 5AZ
EH91 5AX
EH91 5AY
EH91 5AW
EH91 5AU
EH91 5AR
EH91 5AS
EH91 5AP
EH91 5AQ
EH91 5AB
EH91 5AL
EH91 5AN
EH91 5AE
EH91 5AG
EH91 5AH
EH91 5AA
EH12 9JW
EH12 8JY
EH27 8AU
EH12 9HX
EH14 7DJ
EH14 5RW
EH27 8AP
EH14 7FB
EH14 7DH
EH12 8LA
EH27 8BS
EH14 7AJ
EH27 8YD
EH27 8YG
EH14 7NH
EH29 9EH
EH14 5TL
EH12 8NQ
EH14 7NP
EH14 7AW
EH27 8AW
EH12 8NN
EH11 4DN
EH14 7BL
EH14 5AJ
EH12 8NU
EH14 5AQ
EH29 9EJ
EH14 5YB
EH14 5YA
EH14 5XA
EH11 4DP
EH14 7DL
EH14 5AX
EH12 8LF
EH11 4DH
EH11 4DS
EH12 9EQ
EH12 9JB
EH52 5BH
EH14 5RN
EH11 4DW
EH27 8AN
EH14 5AZ
EH12 9LD
EH12 9FH
EH12 8JZ
EH14 7AN
EH27 8BA
EH11 4DZ
EH52 5BG
EH52 5BD
EH52 5AX
EH52 5AY
EH12 8JX
EH14 7BR
EH14 7NQ
EH27 8AL
EH12 9JF
EH14 5AH
EH11 4DG
EH12 8LB
EH14 5AN
EH12 8NG
EH12 9LE
EH12 9JA
EH52 5AJ
EH27 8AJ
EH12 8JA
EH52 5NZ
EH14 7AL
EH14 4AN
EH11 4EJ
EH11 4ST
EH12 9JJ
EH52 5AD
EH11 4XX
EH11 4DR
EH12 8JU
EH12 9EG
EH14 5AU
EH14 5AL
EH12 0AR
EH14 5AG
EH14 5AE
EH14 5AW
EH27 8AD
EH12 9UR
EH12 9WB
EH12 9WG
EH12 9GA
EH30 9ZB
EH12 9YX
EH30 9YN
EH30 9YR
EH29 9WA
EH12 9WN
EH12 9YW
EH12 9WP
EH12 9WD
EH12 9UZ
EH12 9TS
EH12 9TA
EH12 9RB
EH12 9JN
EH12 9DX
EH12 9DZ
EH12 7ZE
EH12 8ZH
EH12 9DS
EH12 8WL
EH12 5ZL
EH12 7WB
EH12 7YU
EH12 7YA
EH12 5ZR
EH12 6WF
EH12 1LZ
EH12 5XX
EH12 5YL
EH12 5ZA
EH12 1RB
EH12 1WU
EH12 1LQ
EH12 1LU
EH12 1LX
EH12 1LY
EH12 1LW
EH12 1LR
EH12 1LS
EH12 1LT
EH12 1LJ
EH12 1LN
EH12 1LP
EH12 1LL
EH12 1LF
EH12 1LH
EH12 1JU
EH12 1JZ
EH12 1LB
EH12 1LD
EH12 1LA
EH12 1JR
EH12 1JH
EH12 1HY
EH12 1JA
EH12 1JB
EH12 1HZ
EH12 1HX
EH12 1HW
EH12 1HQ
EH12 1HD
EH12 1HL
EH12 1GT
EH12 1HA
EH12 1HB
EH12 1GX
EH12 1GD
EH12 1GH
EH12 1GJ
EH12 1FS
EH12 1FX
EH12 1FT
EH12 1FU
EH12 1FW
EH12 1FE
EH12 1FR
EH12 1FG
EH12 1EX
EH12 1EZ
EH12 1EB
EH12 1EH
EH12 1EU
EH12 1ED
EH12 1EF
EH12 1EG
EH12 1BP
EH12 1DJ
EH12 1DP
EH12 1BX
EH12 1BH
EH12 1BA
EH11 4YJ
EH12 1AW
EH11 4WF
EH11 4XH
EH11 4TQ
EH11 4WD
EH11 4TN
EH11 4EG
EH11 4HE
EH11 4GE
EH11 4EF
EH11 4BU
EH11 3ZB
EH11 3YY
EH11 3YN
EH11 3WD
EH11 3XS
EH11 2ZY
EH11 2YP
EH11 2XX
EH11 2XY
EH11 2DS
EH11 1YU
EH11 1YH
EH11 1YS
EH12 9TT
EH12 9PB
EH12 9TB
EH12 9YP
EH12 7ZD
EH12 6WJ
EH12 1YR
EH12 1WT
EH12 1LG
EH12 1LE
EH12 1JW
EH12 1JX
EH12 1JY
EH12 1JJ
EH12 1JS
EH12 1JT
EH12 1JQ
EH12 1JL
EH12 1JN
EH12 1JP
EH12 1JD
EH12 1JF
EH12 1JE
EH12 1HT
EH12 1HU
EH12 1HR
EH12 1HS
EH12 1HP
EH12 1HH
EH12 1HN
EH12 1HJ
EH12 1HE
EH12 1HF
EH12 1HG
EH12 1GG
EH12 1FZ
EH12 1GA
EH12 1FY
EH12 1FQ
EH12 1EY
EH12 1EW
EH12 1ES
EH12 1EQ
EH12 1BN
EH12 1BB
EH12 1AY
EH12 1AZ
EH12 1AR
EH11 4YH
EH12 0AB
EH12 1AD
EH11 4YB
EH11 4TJ
EH11 4BR
EH11 3YR
EH11 3WT
EH11 3WS
EH12 8LD
EH11 4ER
EH11 4DJ
EH11 4GA
EH11 4GY
EH14 7AH
EH52 5AZ
EH14 5AT
EH12 8LR
EH52 5PY
EH14 5RQ
EH14 5QS
EH27 8AE
EH11 4EW
EH14 5QR
EH12 8LG
EH12 9EE
EH12 9DU
EH11 4HT
EH52 5NP
EH14 5QT
EH14 5SP
EH12 9JL
EH14 5QP
EH14 5PS
EH14 5AD
EH12 9EF
EH12 8LQ
EH27 8AH
EH14 5SF
EH14 5SR
EH14 5RF
EH12 8AN
EH52 5ND
EH11 4DL
EH12 9JH
EH52 5NA
EH14 5AF
EH11 4DX
EH12 8JB
EH14 5PP
EH14 5AY
EH27 8DF
EH52 5LT
EH12 8LE
EH52 5PA
EH14 5SD
EH14 5RH
EH14 5SW
EH52 5LS
EH27 8AQ
EH12 8JD
EH14 5QW
EH12 9JG
EH14 5TE
EH14 5AS
EH14 5AP
EH14 5PR
EH12 9EH
EH52 5NN
EH14 5SE
EH27 8BL
EH11 4HH
EH12 8JF
EH14 7NF
EH14 5RE
EH14 5RG
EH27 8AG
EH52 5AT
EH27 8DL
EH14 5PL
EH14 5SG
EH11 4HJ
EH14 5QN
EH14 5RD
EH14 5PT
EH12 8JG
EH12 8JQ
EH12 8JE
EH12 8BF
EH11 4DQ
EH11 4DD
EH11 4JA
EH11 4EH
EH14 5SN
EH11 4EP
EH12 9EJ
EH14 5AR
EH14 5QU
EH14 5RZ
EH12 8NL
EH27 8BF
EH12 9EW
EH27 8AF
EH12 9EB
EH27 8AA
EH14 7BG
EH12 8JP
EH14 5SB
EH12 9LN
EH12 8HJ
EH11 4HU
EH14 5QL
EH12 8JL
EH14 5SQ
EH27 8AB
EH12 8LH
EH14 5PJ
EH14 7NN
EH27 8BN
EH11 4FD
EH52 5NF
EH11 4DB
EH12 9EL
EH52 5AR
EH14 5RJ
EH14 5PH
EH14 7AQ
EH12 8SF
EH52 5PG
EH14 5QX
EH11 4EL
EH12 9EN
EH53 0HJ
EH14 5PN
EH12 8GZ
EH12 9HG
EH14 5SJ
EH14 5SA
EH52 5BU
EH12 9WL
EH14 7NL
EH12 9LL
EH52 5BF
EH52 5BB
EH52 5BZ
EH12 8AU
EH12 8JT
EH14 5AA
EH12 9WE
EH11 4DT
EH14 5RB
EH12 9JZ
EH12 9FN
EH12 9LA
EH11 4JB
EH14 5SH
EH14 7NJ
EH12 8NJ
EH11 4JD
EH14 5QJ
EH14 7LY
EH14 5RL
EH14 5PQ
EH52 5AS
EH14 5NB

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)
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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