In the UK if your car is three years old or more, it will need to undergo what is known as a MOT check, which is a procedure that is carried out in order to determine the road worthiness of your vehicle, against a minimum set of specifications set out by the government. It is important that your car meets the MOT criteria in order to be safe, which is of particular importance if, like myself, you enjoy taking lengthy road trips around the UK.
Where is the Testing Carried Out?
Only authorised test stations and garages are allowed to check mot, and in order to tell if you are dealing with a genuine MOT test centre, you should be able to see a light blue sign with 3 white triangles inside, displayed somewhere prominently on the exterior of their premises. In order to become a MOT test station, the garage will need to meet certain criteria set out by the government, as well as be competent in using specialist testing equipment.
What is the Procedure for a MOT test?
There are a number of vitally important tests that need to be carried out on specific parts of the vehicle, in order to see that the vehicle meets the minimum requirements set out by the government. One of the most important factors is the emissions that the vehicle gives off, and the exhaust and its emissions will be rigorously tested by a qualified car checker. Other items that need to meet a basic standard are tyres, wheels, windscreen wipers, seat belts, brakes, suspension, steering and the lights and horn.
What Happens after the MOT Test?
Once the car check has been completed, the vehicle will have been classed as having either passed or failed. If your vehicle has passed the MOT test a certificate will be produced which you will need to keep with you, and it will be valid for 12 months. For vehicles that have failed, there will be a rundown of the item or items that have caused the vehicle to fail. A new MOT test will only be carried out once the remedial works have been carried out. It could just be the case that one of your car’s tyres or lights was defective. Although it makes sense to have the remedial work carried out by the test centre, it is not a requirement, and it is possible to have the work carried out elsewhere should you so choose. Although, by rights you are allowed to drive an MOT failure to a garage or test centre, it is advisable that you contact your insurer for clarification of whether you will be covered. It is illegal to drive an MOT failure on British roads for any other reason.