MOT Test Check List
What’s included in your MOT Test? Below are the checks carried out as part of your MOT test. These checks form the basis of MOT and failure to meet the specified requirements will result in your vehicle not passing the MOT.
Body / vehicle structure / general items: The Vehicles body needs to be from excessive damage or corrosion. There must not be sharp edges that are likely to cause injury. The speedometer must be operational and in a good condition.
Fuel System: No signs of leaks with good conditioning of the fuel pipes/hoses Fuel cap should fasten with a secure seal. Note* during the test the fuel cap will need to be opened so please ensure the keys are left with the testing centre.
Exhaust emissions: Must meet the emissions requirements set by the government which depend on the age and the fuel type of the vehicle.
Exhaust system: Must be complete and secure. If a catalyst was fitted as standard this must be present. Exhaust should not be too noisy and be without leaks.
Seat belts: All mandatory seat belts must be in place with checks for type, condition, operation and security. Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) will be checked for air bags, seat belt pre tensioners and load limiters.
Seats: The driver’s seat must adjust and securely lock into place in the upright position.
Doors: On closed position doors must latch securely. Front doors should open from both the inside and outside. Rear doors should open from the outside of the vehicle. All hinges and catches are checked for condition and security.
Mirrors: Checked for condition and security with the minimum number of mirrors required.
Load security: Secured boot or tailgate in the closed position.
Brakes: Full check of condition of the brakes including inappropriate repairs or modifications which effect the operation and performance. Brake locking systems are checked along with Malfunction Indicator Lamps (MIL).
Tyres and wheels: Tyre Size and tread depth are checked as well as condition of the tyre and the security.
Registration plates: Condition, security, colour, characters correctly formed and spaced.
Lights: Condition and operational functionality are checked. Headlamp aim and self-levelling checks are carried out along with main beam warning lights.
Bonnet: Must securely latch in the closed position.
Wipers/washers: Must be fully operational and give the driver a clear view
Windscreen: Checked for condition and vision
Horn: checked for operation and suitable type.
Steering and suspension: Checked for the condition this includes corrosion to power steering pipes or hoses. Steering lock mechanism must be operational.
Vehicle identification number: Must be present on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. A single VIN is displayed expect on multistage build vehicles.
Electrical: Visible electrical wiring and battery are checked for condition.
Notice: An MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test, without dismantling, the vehicle met the minimum acceptable road safety and environmental standards required by law. It does not mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the life of the certificate.
The test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.