What is a Motor Vehicle MOT?
Lights & Electrics
Steering and suspension
As well as undertaking a brake performance test, the condition of the brakes, pedals and levers are closely inspected.
Tyre tread depth must not be below the legal limit of 1.6mm. Tyres will also be examined for cuts and tears in excess of 25mm. Warning light must operate correctly for vehicles with run-flat tyres.
Each seat belt (including the attachment and adjustment fittings) will be checked for its security and condition.
A general inspection is made of the body, chassis, engine mountings, seats and doors. All components must be free from excessive corrosion and must not have any sharp edges that might cause injury.
A registration plate must be fitted at the front and rear. The plates must be secure and clearly legible to someone standing 20 metres away from the car. The characters on the plate must be correctly formed and spaced and not likely to be misread.
Every vehicle must permanently display a legible VIN, either on a VIN plate secured to the vehicle, or stamped or etched on the body or chassis.
Exhaust, fuel and emissions
The tester will make a visual check for excessive dense blue or black smoke emitted from the exhaust, which is a cause for MOT failure.
Driver's view of the road
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