BP Tyres & Autocare MOT Components
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What is an MOT
Why is it important?
If your vehicle is 3 years old or more, you are required by law to have an MOT. The Ministry of Transport test, commonly known as the MOT, is an annual safety check to ensure the vehicle meets minimum safety standards and levels of exhaust emissions set out by the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, formerly VOSA).
During the MOT the nominated tester, a person accredited by the DVSA to assess your vehicle, will conduct an inspection and a comprehensive series of checks around the vehicle, including the interior, exterior, under the bonnet and under the vehicle. This ensures the vehicle is in roadworthy condition. However, it is not the same as having your vehicle serviced and the MOT does not check the general mechanical condition of the vehicle.
The result of each check is recorded - if the vehicle passes, the driver is issued with a VT20 ‘pass’ certificate. If the vehicle fails to meet the required standards set out by the DVSA then a VT30 ‘failure’ document is issued. 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 near future so you can keep an eye on them.
The acceptable standards are as recorded in the current DVSA Vehicle Inspection Manual.
How often do you need an MOT?
All vehicles 3 years old or more..
All vehicles 3 years old or more are required to have a valid MOT certificate which should be renewed annually. It is your responsibility to ensure your vehicle is examined every 12 months.
You can find the expiry date of your MOT on your existing MOT certificate and you can have your vehicle MOT tested up to 28 days in advance. The expiry date on your new MOT is 12 months from the expiry of your old one rather than 12 months from the day you took the test, so as long as your MOT is due in the next 28 days, you won’t lose any days for having your vehicle tested early.
Without a current MOT certificate, you will be unable to drive your vehicle lawfully or renew your road tax. The penalty for not having an up to date MOT certificate could be a fine. Also if the vehicle is involved in an accident you may be asked to produce your MOT certificate. An insurance claim could be affected by the absence of your MOT, especially in the case of injury.
Recent computerisation of the MOT testing system by DVSA means police and mobile camera units can now check remotely to see if your vehicle has a current MOT.
What is tested during an MOT?
The MOT is carried out to DVSA guidelines...
The MOT is carried out to DVSA guidelines and includes a comprehensive inspection of the vehicle to ensure it is in a roadworthy condition.
The nominated tester in centre will check the following components to ensure each meets the minimum standard set out by the DVSA before issuing an MOT certificate.
Vehicle Identification Number
The MOT checks that the Vehicle Identification Number, commonly referred to as the VIN, is present and legibly displayed on the vehicle. The VIN is a unique code including a serial number that is stamped on the vehicle. The location of the VIN varies from one vehicle manufacturer to the next.
The MOT tester will check the condition, security, legibility and the format of letters and numbers on your registration plate. The spacing and lettering on the number plate must meet current regulations and should not be altered in any way.
MOT testing checks the condition, operation, security and colour of your vehicles lights. The test will also check to see if the headlamp aim is correct.
Steering and suspension
The MOT tester will also check the steering and suspension components for correct condition and that the operation is correct.
Wipers and washer bottle
During the MOT the tester will check your vehicle's wipers and washers ensuring they operate properly and give the driver a clear view of the road.
During the MOT the tester will check your vehicle's windscreen for any chips or cracks. The maximum damage size is 10mm in the drivers’ line of vision or 40mm elsewhere in the remaining area swept by the wiper blades.
The MOT will cover the horn’s operation for effectiveness and suitability.
All seatbelts including those in the rear of the vehicle are checked for type, condition, correct operation and security and that all compulsory seatbelts are in place.
Your vehicle’s front seats are checked for security during the test.
The fuel system is checked during the test for leaks and that the fuel cap fastens and seals securely.
The test checks your exhaust emissions, ensuring that the vehicle is within the specified guidelines and that the exhaust is complete, secure, without serious leaks and silences effectively.
Vehicle structure and body shell are checked during the MOT for excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas of the vehicle. Any sharp edge can result in an MOT failure.
The MOT tester will check that the doors open and close correctly and that the latch is secure in a closed position. Front doors should open from both the inside and outside of the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items like rear seatbelts.
The mirrors on your vehicle are checked during the MOT for condition and security.
Wheels and tyres
The nominated MOT tester will check the vehicle's wheels and tyres for a number of key points: the condition, security, tyre size and type and tread depth.
The MOT tests the efficiency of the vehicle's braking performance, condition and operation. Most vehicles are tested on a roller brake tester. For more information about MOTs and the checks carried out as part of the MOT test, Please visit theGOV.UK website
What should I do if my car fails its MOT?
If your vehicle does not meet the standards set out by the DVSA...
If your vehicle does not meet the standards set out by the DVSA it will fail its MOT and must be repaired before an MOT pass certificate can be issued. A valid MOT certificate is a legal requirement in the UK and you will be unable to renew your road tax until a current MOT pass certificate is issued.
The nominated tester at the centre will provide a report on the areas in which your vehicle failed and will be able to provide advice in order to rectify any issues highlighted during the MOT test. We will be more than happy to carry out any repair work. If you think the nominated tester has been unfair, you can appeal against the decision. Please ask for a VT17 form that explains how to make an appeal against the results of an MOT test. Things such as air conditioning are not tested as part of an MOT.