What is Covered in an MOT Test?
All car owners should be aware of their responsibilities in regards to the Ministry of Transport tests, ensuring that their vehicle is kept in a safe and roadworthy state. All cars that are over 3 years old will require MOT tests annually, and those caught driving a vehicle without a valid MOT certificate will be open to prosecution.
What is the MOT Test for?
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is the regulator in charge of implementing the MOT test, laying down the standards and basic requirements for passing.
It is important to remember that the level required to pass the MOT test is the baseline minimum for assessing a car’s roadworthiness – drivers are encouraged to take steps to ensure their vehicle operates at the optimum level as a recommended safety measure.
What is Included in an MOT Test?
There are many areas of the vehicle that require inspection during an MOT:
Bodywork and Doors – The car’s exterior shell is examined for extreme corrosion or structural damage. Sharp edges and other hazards can result in a failure. Front doors at a minimum must open from inside the vehicle, whereas all doors must be openable from the outside. Latches must be secure when doors are closed.
Fuel System – Everything from leaks and pipe condition to the security of the fuel cap is checked.
Seats and Seat Belts – At a minimum, the driver’s seat must be adjustable. All seats should be able to be positioned upright. Seat belts will be checked for condition and operation, and to ensure that each seat has one.
Exhaust System and Emissions – The exhaust system should be safely and securely connected, with a catalyst and muffler in place. Emissions must be below the required level for the car’s fuel type.
Mirrors – All required mirrors must be present (rear view and both side views), and their condition should be up to standard.
Brakes – In good working condition with no alterations, passing an efficiency test. ABS systems will be inspected where fitted, including any dashboard lights that indicate their malfunction.
Lights – Fully operational and visible (clean headlamps), both High Intensity Discharge (HID) and Light Emitting Diodes (LED). All headlamps must be aimed correctly.
Steering and Suspension – Inspection for optimum operation, including steering oil level and steering lock mechanism. Checks for unwarranted alterations to steering and suspension system.
Registration Plates and Vehicle Identification Number – Check for the presence of the VIN (present on all vehicles made after 1980) as well as the presence and condition of the registration plates (easily legible, secured correctly).
Tyres and Wheels – All present, securely fitted and in good condition, with tread depth and pressure at legal levels.
Load Security and Towbars – Boot must close securely. Engine mountings and speedometer conditions must be optimal on towbars, with correct use of 13-pin electrical socket.
Horn – Working correctly with no unwarranted modifications.
Windscreen and Wipers – Fully operational, ensure a clear, unobstructed view for the driver.
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