What is Involved in an MOT?

MOT certificates verify that vehicles meet the acceptable road safety standards. Even though this certificate doesn’t confirm the car’s road worthiness, it is still required by law. Here is a list of the checks that are carried out by MOT centres.

MOT Certificate



Your brakes must be in good working condition without troubleshooting and they should pass the recommended performance tests. The MOT specialist examines the ABS and electronic park brake as well as the fluid warning system to ensure everything is in working order.


Bonnet and doors

You should be able to latch the bonnet effectively when closed and the doors must open from the inside and outside. The hinges and catches in the doors will be checked to see if they are in the right condition and functioning correctly.


Exhaust emission

Your car should be within acceptable limits for exhaust emission according to its age and fuel type. If there are any leaks or strange noises coming from the exhaust, you will have to take the car to a repair centre. Another exhaust emission check includes catalyst malfunctioning which would need to be fixed by a mechanic.



The fuel seal and cap must fasten securely and the connecting hoses should be in good condition.


Horn and lights

Your horn must work correctly and be of acceptable type. The MOT specialist will check the operation of your LED lights to see if they are clean and secure. The beam warning light and headlamps are also checked.


Mirrors and registration plates

Your car must have the minimum number of mirrors i.e. 3 to be in secure condition. All the mirrors should be properly fixed and clean. Your registration plate should have the specified numbers and letters in correct format and clearly visible.


Seats and seat belts

All the seat belts will be tested to see if they are in working condition. The driver’s seat must be easily adjustable and all the rear seats need to be in an upright position.


Steering and suspension

The condition of steering and suspension must be good and the oil level of your steering is checked. The pipes and hoses that are connected to your steering should be corrosion free. If you have power steering, the lock should work properly.



The size and type of your tyres are checked to see if they are in suitable condition. However, spare tyres are not inspected and any vehicles registered after January 2012 will undergo tyre pressure check.


Wipers and windscreen

Washers must function without any problems to provide a clear view. The windscreen must also not be obstructed for road viewing.

Although MOT test centres have their own specified test bays, they still use the same equipment and all MOT testers are fully trained for the job. In the event that your car fails the test, the inspector will issue you a VT30 failure note with details of the failed items. Once you have rectified the highlighted issues with the help of a mechanic, you can return your car to the MOT centre and receive the pass certificate.


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