The what, why and how of MOT testing.

MOT testing or the Ministry of Transport testing is a vehicle test that the government of UK mandates for vehicles that are over three years, irrespective of the roads on which they are used- be it the highways or the smaller roads. This rule was put in place by the previously existing and now defunct governmental department, the Ministry of Transport and is now dealt with by the existing Department for Transport. MOT test centers are spread across the State to ensure that the compliance can be done without much hassle.

The ‘what’ of MOT testing

MOT test centers have trained professionals who assess vehicles as per the standards set in law. A regular MOT test involves an assessment of the body, the structure of the vehicle, its tyres and wheels, the mirrors, the doors, the seats, the seatbelts, windscreen wipers, washers, the horn, the number plate, the lights, breaks, exhaust, emission levels, suspension and fuel system amongst others. In other words, everything that will help assess the road-worthiness of the vehicle will be looked into and assessed. Once a vehicle has cleared the MOT test, an MOT test certificate will be issued. This certifies that the vehicle is road-worthy for a period of one year, after which the test must be repeated.

The ‘why’ of MOT testing

MOT testing conducted by the various MOT test centers across the State helps one assess if a vehicle is fit to be on the road. This rule of mandatorily running the MOT tests annually ensures that a faulty vehicle or a vehicle not fit to be on the road is not on the road. This not only ensures the safety of the driver, passengers and goods in the vehicle but also ensures that no accidents happen due to the unfit condition of a vehicle jeopardizing others’ lives and property.

The ‘how’ of MOT testing

MOT test centers are essentially just garages that have obtained the license to conduct MOT tests. They can be easily located as it is mandatory for garages that conduct MOT testing to display the logo for the testing. The logo consists of three connected triangles that are blue in color. Garages are required to display the logo so that vehicle owners can identify the MOT test centers with ease. Vehicles must have an MOT certificate to be on the roads.


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