Useful information about MOTs

If your car is 3 or more years old you are required by law to have an MOT certificate. To preserve the anniversary date of your MOT, a test can be carried out on your car up to one month prior to the expiry date. On passing the MOT test, the vehicle will receive a certificate valid from the date of the test, and with an expiry date either 12 calendar months from the date of issue or 12 months from the expiry date on the old certificate if this is greater.

What's involved in an MOT?

The contents and standards required are set by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) formally known as VOSA. The annual testing of your vehicle to ensure it meets minimum road safety standards. At Duke Street Motors you can view the MOT tester examining your vehicle and you MOT will be carried out by a (DVSA) approved tester. You must not interrupt or distract the tester during the inspection. Due to MOT procedures, items may appear under more than one heading.

Driving Controls & Interior

Steering Wheel and Column , Seats and Seat Belts, Foot-brake and Servo, Handbrake, Light Switches and Horn, Windscreen Wipers and Washers.

Exterior

Suspension, Shock Absorber Effectiveness, Tyres and Wheels, Body Condition, Registration Plates, Windscreen and Mirrors.

Lights

Side lamps, Direction Indicators, Headlamps, Headlamp Aim, Reflectors, Stop Lamps. Rear Lamps, Rear Fog Lamps.

Under the Bonnet

Braking Components, Suspension, Steering.

Brake Performance

Foot brake Efficiency, Front Brake Balance, Handbrake Efficiency.

Under the Vehicle

Steering, Tyres and Wheels, Foot and Handbrake System, Suspension and Shock Absorbers, Wheel Bearings and Driveshafts, Fuel System, Exhaust, Chassis.

Exhaust Emission

Carbon Monoxide (CO2) Emission, Hydrocarbon (HC) Emission, Lambda, Excessive Visible Smoke.

Additional Information

An MOT Certificate relates only to the condition of testable items at the time of the test. It should not be regarded as evidence of the condition of the items tested at any other time nor should it be taken as evidence of the general mechanical condition of the vehicle.