What Are MOT Tests?

The United Kingdom’s Department of Transport recently made headlines with a proposal to revise the existing MOT testing rules. Here, we shed light on the details and implications of the UK Government MOT changes, and why it might be beneficial for vehicle owners across the nation.

In the UK, MOT tests are compulsory annual examinations introduced by the government. Their primary aim is to ensure that vehicles aged over three years comply with the necessary road safety and environmental standards, therefore contributing to safer roads and less environmental pollution.

The scope of these tests is comprehensive, with a focus on various key components of the vehicle. This includes the effectiveness of the braking and fuel systems, which are critical for the vehicle’s safe operation. The tests also check other components such as lights and mirrors, ensuring they function correctly to maintain visibility and safety while on the road. The MOT test scrutinises various parts of your car to verify they comply with the minimum standards set by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Authority. This includes the presence and legibility of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and the secure, legible, and correct format of your registration plate.
The MOT test also includes checks on the:

  • Lights
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Wipers and Washer Bottle
  • Windscreen
  • Horn
  • Seatbelts
  • Seats
  • Fuel System
  • Emissions
  • Bodywork
  • Doors
  • Mirrors
  • Wheels and Tyres
  • Brakes

Examining these components before the MOT test can save you from unnecessary retesting or repair costs due to issues like a faulty light bulb or an empty windscreen washer bottle.