What's checked on the MOT Test?
The MOT test is carried out to DVSA guidelines and includes a comprehensive inspection of the vehicle to ensure it is in a roadworthy condition.
The MOT tester will check the following components to ensure each meets the minimum standard set out by the DVSA before issuing an MOT certificate.
During the MOT the tester will carry out checks to see if the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is present on the vehicle.
The MOT Tester will check the condition, security, legibility and also check that the letters and numbers are of the correct format.
The MOT Tester will check the condition, operation, security and colour. And ensures the headlamp aim is correct.
The Mot Tester will check the Steering and Suspension components for the correct condition security and operation.
The MOT tester will check your vehicle's wipers and washers ensuring they operate properly and give the driver a clear view of the road.
Checks are made for damage. Maximum damage is 10mm in the drivers line of vision, 40mm elsewhere in the remaining swept area.
During the MOT test the tester will also carry out a function check for correct operation, effectiveness, and suitability of the vehicle's horn system.
All seatbelts including those in the rear are checked for type, condition, correct operation and security and that all compulsory seatbelts are in place.
The MOT Tester will check the vehicle’s front seat mountings for security and any corrosion around the proscribed area.
The MOT Tester will check the fuel system for leaks. The fuel cap is also checked that it fastens and seals securely.
The emissions are checked to ensure that the vehicle is within the specified limits, that the exhaust is complete and secure.
The vehicle's structure is checked for excessive corrosion or damage in prescibed areas. Any sharp edges may result in failure.
The tester checks that the doors open and close correctly. Front doors must open from both the inside and outside of the vehicle.
The MOT tester will also check that rear view mirrors and wing mirrors are secure and provide adequate views to the rear and side.
Wheels and Tyres
The MOT tester will check your vehicle's wheels and tyres for appropriate speed and load rating security, size, type and tread depth.
The MOT tester will check the braking performance, condition and operation. Vehicles are tested on a roller brake tester.