MOT Frequently asked questions

The Ministry of Transport (MOT) is a mandatory safety and emissions inspection that must be conducted on vehicles. It is a legal requirement for vehicles that are three years old and older, and subsequently must be performed annually. This inspection is an essential obligation that must be fulfilled alongside other legal obligations pertaining to motor vehicles. In addition to the MOT, it is highly recommended that motorists periodically assess their own vehicles for common defects, such as faulty lights, tyres, exhaust systems, and brakes. This proactive approach ensures that the vehicle remains compliant with road safety regulations at all times, providing an extra layer of protection for the driver and others on the road. 

It is crucial to note that companies bear a legal responsibility for maintaining the safety of their vehicles. However, it is equally important for drivers to acknowledge and share this responsibility with their respective companies. If defects are found on vehicles driven by drivers and they are deemed partly or wholly responsible for these defects, they may face fines or legal prosecution. By upholding their duty to regularly inspect their vehicles and promptly addressing any identified defects, drivers can contribute to the overall safety and compliance of the vehicles they operate. This demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and ensures the well-being of all road users.

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Do fully electric vehicles require an MOT?

Yes. The same rules apply to fully electric vehicles with adjustments made to the test procedure such as emissions and exhaust checks

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Can I check when my mot runs out?

You can check if you have a valid mot  by clicking on the above logo. You can present your vehicle for mot, 1 month less 1 day before your old test expires without  loss of days from your old test. Your car will be covered by your old test even if it fails. This gives you some flexibility to repair the vehicle  before the old test runs out and you can legally park on public roads. However, if you continue to drive the vehicle you must ensure it is roadworthy for the conditions you are driving in, otherwise you run the risk of prosecution. 

For example a blocked washer line would result in a failed mot but by ensuring the windscreen remains clean during the repair period this should allow you to use the vehicle without risk of prosecution. You would then have 10 working days to carry out the repair prior to a partial retest.



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I have a warning symbol on my dash will it still pass the MOT?

Probably not. In most cases the defect will fail the mot and  in some other cases the tester may not be happy to proceed with the test until the defect is rectified i.e low oil or coolant. It is therefore recommended that all dashboard warning lights are dealt with before the mot test is undertaken.

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Should I book a service and mot together?

This is a matter of personal choice as there are argumants on both sides. Having a service alongside an mot can reduce the downtime on the vehicle and can speed up the repair process on some defects many of which can be repaired same day.

You may decide the chance for a professional check over twice a year is worth the extra inconvenience so splitting the mot and service may be  your preference. This would also allow you to spread the cost on older vehicles that may be more prone to repair work. 

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Are any vehicles exempt from mot?

Yes. Classic vehicles first registered more than 40 years ago where no 'substantial changes' have been made to the vehicle in the last 30 years are exempt. This does not apply to  large goods vehicles.

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If my car has no mot can I leave it parked on the road outside my house?

No. Cars without an mot must be stored on private land not public highways or footpaths.

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