What is an MOT?
An MOT test is an annual inspection that is required by law on all vehicles in the UK that are older than 3 years (some vehicles that are older than 1 year). The test itself covers strict criteria set out by the DVSA (UK Governing Body) to determine whether your vehicle is safe and roadworthy. As such, a broad range of vehicle safety checks must be completed by a certified DVSA examiner at a certified DVSA MOT test centre to certify the vehicle for each year that it is on the road. The test will include inspections of the vehicle in specific areas of whichwill include lights, tyres, seatbelts and emissions.
The MOT will be an inspection only, this is not the same as having a vehicle service and the MOT does not check the general mechanical condition of the vehicle. The assessment will be based on the condition of the vehicle on the day it is tested, passing an MOT does not provide any guarantee the condition of your vehicle is the same 6 months later.
If the vehicle fails, a list will be provided to outline any ‘Dangerous’ or ‘Major’ defects that are present. A ‘Dangerous’ defect will not allow you to drive the vehicle on the road if found, this must be rectified before the vehicle can be driven, even if taking the vehicle home or to another garage for repair. The vehicle may be recovered in this condition. Any ‘Major’ defects will be listed but must be rectified before a new certificate can be provided. Any ‘Dangerous’ or ‘Major’ defects found and fixed, would allow for a free retest if conducted within 10 days from the failure date.
If the vehicle passes, the certified examiner will provide a pass certificate for a 12 months validity. Separately listed will be any ‘Minor’ defects or ‘Advisories’ that will require attention soon.