Mot Test Explained in Detail

Life consists of too many tests. The world thrives on the system of ‘checks and balances’ and every now and then, one has to test their abilities. Do you wonder how you can test your vehicle? There is a standardized method devised by the Ministry Of Transport known as the MOT test.

The MOT test is used to check the condition of vehicles and make sure they are safe enough to run on roads. According to the ministry, the test aims to check whether a vehicle is roadworthy and passes environmental standards. It is not the same as taking your vehicle to the garage for service as it doesn’t check the general mechanical condition but examines the vehicle according to the safety standards.

 Mot Test Redditch Is Done Only for Some Parts of the Vehicle. It Includes – 

    • Body of the vehicle & its structure

    • Towbars

    • Fuel System

    • Exhaust Emission

    • Exhaust System

    • Seatbelts, seats, doors, and mirrors

The test is conducted for vehicles that are at least 3 years old and are properly maintained. Once a car is 3 years old, it should go through an MOT test every year. Although, in Northern Ireland, a car should be 4 years old to take the MOT test.

These tests range from the brakes and fuel system to lights, the mirrors, seatbelts, wipers of the windscreen, and the exhaust system. It, however, doesn’t cover major parts of the vehicle like the engine, gearbox, and clutch. 

Another important aspect of a Mot Redditch is that the vehicle must have been examined, at least once a year, at an authorized MOT test station only. This is to make sure that they fall within the important requirements set by law. In some countries, if the MOT has expired then the car insurance will also expire. These tests are carried out at authorized test centers by professionals. 

Changes Made In Recent Years

There have been a few major changes in the test over the years. 

  • In the year 2012, a lot more items were added to the test which was previously not included.
  • In the same year, a certificate for ‘passing’ the test was introduced by DFT. The certificate contains all the details of the vehicle including its history and current condition.
  • In May 2018, some further changes were made to the procedure of the test and reporting. However, the essence of the test remained unchanged. 

In the year 2019, the test was changed to comply with the new ‘connected equipment legislation’. These changes were only applicable to any new applications for opening new or reopening an MOT centre or to applications regarding a change in ownership.

April 1, 2020, marked as a new change. Due to the pandemic, the expiration date of the certificate was extended by 6 months if it was due on or after 30 March 2020. These changes granted a 6-month exemption to all the vehicle owners but it was still mandatory to keep these vehicles in a proper roadworthy condition. 

  • On 1st February 2021, The Department for Transport announced a ban on tyres which are more than 10 years old and it is said that buses and coaches cannot have them anymore.

Why Does Your Vehicle Fail At MOT?

There are many reasons why cars fail the MOT test. The vehicle should be checked before taking the test. Your car will most probably fail at an MOT if -

    • The registration plate is dirty

    • There are stickers on the windshield

    • The screenwash is not topped up

    • The vehicle is not clean from both inside and the outside

How Much Does It Cost?

As the test is mandatory for all, it is not very costly and the maximum prices are fixed for carrying out the test. An MOT test centre cannot charge a citizen more than the maximum price set by the ministry. For cars, the price is fixed at 54.85 pounds and for motor caravans, it is 29.65 pounds. 


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