An MOT is a thorough annual examination of a vehicle that is three years old or more. The MOT tests both the safety of the vehicle and the level of emissions in the exhaust.
You can have your vehicle MOT tested up to 28 days in advance of its due date.
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is responsible for ‘licensing’ both the MOT test station and the MOT tester.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your vehicle is examined every 12 months. Without an MOT certificate, you will be unable to renew your road tax and your car may not be insured. Having a current MOT certificate is also a legal requirement in the UK.
MOT Nominated Testers are accredited by VOSA to assess your vehicle against specific safety criteria and to pass it as acceptable and safe, or not. The acceptable standards are as recorded in the current Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) Vehicle Inspection Manual.
The assessment is based on the condition of the vehicle on the day. The Nominated Tester will separately list and inform you of any ‘advisory’ items that have passed the test but will require attention in the future.
An individual part of the vehicle may be considered to be beyond its serviceable life when measured against specifications, but still capable of passing the MOT test by a Nominated Tester, applying the test criteria.
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