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MOT tests (Ministry of Transport tests) are a scheme managed by DVLA to ensure that vehicles in the UK are roadworthy and meet pre-defined environmental standards.

Most vehicles will need an MOT test once they are three years old and then yearly. The MOT test takes the vehicle as it is at the time of the test. It does not guarantee that the vehicle is roadworthy.

If your vehicle meets the legal requirements of the MOT test it will pass its test and the test station will register this online with the DVLA. If it fails you will need to retest your vehicle.

MOT tests are carried out at garages that have been approved for MOT testing. These are called MOT test stations.

4 articles in this section:
The MOT test and what vehicle parts are checked

The MOT test is a yearly test for vehicles of three years of age or above, operated by MOT test centres and in conjunction with DVLA. If your vehicle in within legal guidelines for structural, safety,...

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MOT test costs, vehicle ages, and maximum fees

MOT costs are governed by maximum fees. The actual fee you will pay depends on the MOT test station you use for your MOT test - it may cost less than the figure given here, but it should never be...

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If your car fails its MOT test, retest information

When a vehicle fails its MOT test, a failure document is provided which outlines the exact reasons why the vehicle failed. The document references the points as given in the inspection manual, which...

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How to appeal an MOT failure or make a complaint

For some reason you may be unhappy with the way your MOT test was conducted, or you may disagree with the test results. In this case, you will need to discuss the test results with an MOT test station...

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