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MOT: Who, What, When, Where and Why

December, 27 2015


Who conducts the MOT tests?

MOTs can only be provided by a DVLA approved MOT test centre. These are recognised by a blue sign with three white triangles on it (see right). You can find your nearest one via DVLA’s own database.

It is your preference whether you use an independent tester or a bigger branch. There is a cap on how much a test centre can charge for an MOT so you’re not in danger of being ripped off.

What documents do I need for an MOT?

If it is your first MOT you must provide your V5C Vehicle Registration Certificate (log book). You will also need to provide your V5C if you have changed your number plate since your last MOT. Otherwise no documentation is needed.

When do I need to get an MOT?

The vehicle is not due its first MOT until its 3rd birthday – three years after the date of first registration. If you are unsure on the age of your vehicle then check the logbook.

Some vehicles, such as taxis, do not have this 3 year bumper period though. Please check with DVLA for more info.

After its first MOT you would need to get a new MOT every year. This must be done 30 days before the previous MOT expires if you want to keep driving the vehicle.

Keep in mind that you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving without an MOT.

Where do I go for an MOT?

All tests must be done onsite at the test centre. Most places will usually let you watch the test take place but you will not be allowed to interfere in anyway.

Some test centres cannot accommodate certain vehicles for an MOT, so you must check ahead to make sure you can take your vehicle in for the test.

Why are MOTs necessary?

An MOT allows a qualified mechanic to check your vehicle to ensure it is running safely and, at the time of the test, meets the environmental and road safety standards legally required. Regular maintenance should still be done on the vehicle as the MOT doesn’t mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the life of the certificate.

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