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 East Lothian

EH39 5AP
EH39 5AS
EH39 5BU
EH39 5AR
EH39 5BN
EH39 5LW
EH39 5BL
EH39 5AZ
EH39 5AT
EH39 5LN
EH39 5BA
EH39 5AY
EH39 5AW
EH39 5BS
EH39 5AF
EH39 5AU
EH39 5AN
EH39 5BD
EH39 5AX
EH39 5LL
EH39 5BW
EH39 5AH
EH39 5AJ
EH39 5AL
EH39 5AE
EH32 0PZ
EH39 5AQ
EH39 5BB
EH39 5LJ
EH32 0QH
EH32 0PJ
EH39 5LP
EH39 5LH
EH32 0QA
EH39 5JR
EH39 5BE
EH39 5JP
EH39 5BJ
EH39 5BQ
EH39 5BG
EH39 5JS
EH39 5JL
EH39 5BF
EH39 5LG
EH39 5LE
EH39 5AG
EH39 5LD
EH31 2AG
EH41 3SJ
EH39 5LT
EH31 2GZ
EH39 5LR
EH41 3SH
EH31 2EW
EH31 2BS
EH39 5JT
EH31 2GY
EH31 2HS
EH31 2HH
EH31 2HJ
EH31 2HQ
EH31 2HT
EH39 5JJ
EH31 2EJ
EH31 2HN
EH31 2HL
EH39 5BH
EH31 2AF
EH31 2HW
EH31 2HR
EH39 5PZ
EH39 5YB
EH39 5YJ
EH39 5YD
EH39 5YE
EH39 5YG
EH31 2YA
EH31 2HY
EH32 0QB
EH39 5JU
EH31 2EQ
EH31 2HZ
EH31 2YN
EH39 5LS
EH31 2HP
EH31 2HE
EH31 2HF
EH39 5BT
EH31 2HA
EH31 2HG
EH39 5HY
EH31 2HX
EH39 5HH
EH31 2BL
EH31 2EE
EH31 2HD
EH39 5JN
EH31 2DT
EH31 2AH
EH31 2HU
EH31 2HB
EH31 2AQ
EH31 2DR
EH31 2DP
EH39 5JE
EH31 2AA
EH31 2BJ
EH39 5HG
EH39 5HA
EH31 2AE
EH31 2DA
EH31 2EL
EH31 2AJ
EH31 2DB
EH31 2AB
EH31 2YB
EH31 2AR
EH39 5HE
EH39 5JD
EH31 2AD
EH31 2DW
EH39 5BX
EH31 2AP
EH31 2EF
EH39 5HB
EH39 5JY
EH31 2AW
EH31 2DN
EH39 5HF
EH31 2BP
EH31 2DU
EH31 2AN
EH32 0RZ
EH31 2AL
EH39 5LQ
EH39 5EZ
EH31 2DH
EH31 2BN
EH39 5JH
EH31 2AS
EH39 5HD
EH32 0WU
EH32 0UL
EH32 0SF
EH39 5JF
EH31 2DS
EH31 2DJ
EH31 2AU
EH32 0RX
EH31 2AT
EH31 2ED
EH32 0SE
EH39 5EX
EH39 5EY
EH32 0RY
EH31 2DX
EH39 5JW
EH39 5ET
EH41 3SL
EH31 2DG
EH31 2EN
EH31 2DE
EH31 2DY
EH39 5EU
EH31 2DD
EH31 2EB
EH31 2EG
EH39 5ES
EH32 0RA
EH32 0RU
EH31 2EA
EH32 0SG
EH31 2DL
EH32 0RT
EH31 2BB
EH32 0SH
EH32 0RS
EH32 0SA
EH39 5ER
EH39 5EP
EH39 5HQ
EH41 3SA
EH31 2BA
EH32 0RN
EH41 3SQ
EH31 2DQ
EH32 0SD
EH32 0RP
EH32 0SQ
EH32 0RR
EH31 2DZ
EH31 2AX
EH31 2BQ
EH31 2BH
EH31 2BF
EH31 2DF
EH32 0RL
EH39 5EW
EH32 0UE
EH31 2BW
EH32 0SB
EH32 0RE
EH31 2BD
EH32 0RW
EH32 0RB
EH32 0UJ
EH31 2BG
EH31 2AY
EH31 2AZ
EH32 0DE
EH31 2EH
EH39 5EE
EH39 5EF
EH32 0UF
EH32 0UH
EH39 5EH
EH31 2EP
EH32 0UG
EH39 5ED
EH39 5DY
EH39 5EG
EH32 0DB
EH39 5AD
EH39 5EB
EH31 2BE
EH39 5DX
EH32 0RF
EH39 5EJ
EH39 5DU
EH32 0RJ
EH39 5JZ
EH39 5EA
EH39 5DT
EH32 0RQ
EH39 5HL
EH39 5FB
EH39 5EL
EH39 5DP
EH39 5JX
EH39 5DZ
EH39 5NZ
EH39 5DR
EH32 0RH
EH39 5DW
EH39 5LF
EH39 5LB
EH39 5EQ
EH39 5HP
EH32 0RD
EH41 3SN
EH39 5DN
EH32 0RG
EH41 3SG
EH41 3PH

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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