Everyone who uses a vehicle on the road is required to keep it in roadworthy condition. This is done using a test called the MOT TEST. In the interests of road safety this test is used to look at some important features of your car and to make sure that all those important bits meet the legal requirements.
For obvious reasons new cars are exempt but once your spanking new car is 3 years old your vehicle will need to be tested like the rest….unless you have a taxi in which case things are a bit different.
WHAT IS CHECKED ??
- VEHICLE STRUCTURE
- FUEL SYSTEM
- EXHAUST SYSTEM & EMISSIONS
- SEATS & SEAT BELTS
- BRAKES, TYRES & WHEELS
- REGISTRATION PLATES
- LIGHTS, BONNET
- WIPERS & WASHERS
- STEERING & SUSPENSION
- VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
MOT Test – What is checked?
VOSA (The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) is the government agency that supervises the MOT scheme and it does this by :
- authorising stations & by approving that stations nominated testers
- setting the standards for testing and requirements for authorisation for the TEST station
- training authorised examiners & MOT testers
- regular competence checks of testers and the maintenance of equipment
The MOT TEST is now computerised. This means you will usually have to make an appointment so the timeslot can be booked in for you.