The MOT test checks that vehicles meet road safety and environmental standards. The first MOT test for a vehicle is required when it turns three years old.

The MOT certificate confirms that, at the time of the test, without dismantling it, the vehicle met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law.

The MOT looks at:

  • Body and vehicle structure
    Must be free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas and there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury
  • Fuel system
    Has no leaks and the fuel cap fastens and seals securely. The fuel cap needs to be opened, so be sure the key is available
  • Exhaust emissions
    Need to meet requirements. This is dependent on age and fuel type
  • Exhaust system
    Is secure and complete, without serious leaks, plus it silences effectively
  • Seat belts
    Must be checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seat belts to be in place
  • Seats
    The front seats are secure. Front and rear seats can be secured in the upright position
  • Doors
    To latch securely in the closed position. Front doors should open from inside and outside of vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items
  • Mirrors
    The minimum number are on the vehicle and they are in good condition and fitted securely
  • Load security
    Boot and tailgate can be secured in the closed position
  • Brakes
    Condition, operation and performance. Note the removal of the road wheel is part of test