Mot Reading

Everyone who drives a vehicle on the road must keep it in good technical condition. The MOT test verifies that vehicles meet road safety and environmental standards. The first MOT reading for each vehicle is required when it is 3 years old. The rules are different in case the vehicle is used as a taxi.

MOT certificate

MOT the certificate confirms that during the test, without being dismantled, the vehicle met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. This does not mean that the vehicle is in good working order for the entire period during which the certificate is valid. Also MOT the certificate is not a guarantee for the general technical condition of the car. This test does not apply to the condition of the engine, clutch or transmission.
What the MOT test involves
During the test, some important elements of your car are checked to confirm that it meets key legal requirements.
Components belonging to inspection:
The body and structure of the car should not have a high degree of corrosion or damage in certain places, and no sharp edges that can cause injuries.
The fuel system must be free of leaks and the tank cap closes tightly and securely. The tank cap will need to be opened, so be sure to provide a key for this purpose.
Harmful emissions
The vehicle must meet the requirements for harmful emissions, depending on its age and the type of fuel of the car.
The exhaust system must be secure, complete, without serious leaks and must be effectively silenced.
Seat belts
All fitted belts are checked for appearance, condition, functionality and safety. All mandatory seat belts must be in place.
The doors must close tightly and securely. The front doors of the car must open from the inside out. The rear doors may also need to be opened to provide access to certain items to be inspected.
The mirrors
The car must have a minimum number of mirrors available, check their condition and reliability.
Cargo security
The boot or tailgate provides security in the closed position.
The brakes
Their condition, functionality and action (efficiency test). Note that changing wheels is not part of the test.
Tires and wheels
Their condition, safety, size, type and tread depth. Spare tires are not checked.
The license plates
Their condition, reliability, signs – properly shaped and located.
The headlights
Their condition, action and security. Headlights
The hood
Whether it closes tightly and securely.
Windshield wipers
Are they working properly to provide the driver with a clear view ahead.
The windshield
His condition and the driver’s view of the road
The horn
It works properly and is in good shape.
Steering and suspension
Whether in satisfactory condition and functioning properly.
The vehicle identification number was first used on the specific car, on and after August 1, 1980. Each car has no more than one VIN with the exception of multi-stage vehicles.

Where to go for the MOT test

There are about 19,000 stations across the country authorized as MOT test points that can test you. The blue logo with the three triangles indicates that the particular point is authorized to perform tests. The maximum test fee must be displayed on a board inside each test point. However, if the specific point wishes, it can charge a lower fee than the one shown on the board.

How the vehicles are tested

MOT test points have specific test platforms where tests are performed using a specific set of equipment that meets the specific requirements of the annual technical review. The standard test procedures are set out in a printed edition – a test guide that each point must provide upon request.
If your vehicle has not passed the test, you will be issued the relevant failed test document with a reference to this manual. You can observe the test from a dedicated monitoring area, but it is not allowed to interrupt the employee who performs the test during his work.
All test staff have undergone a training course at the Vehicle and Service Agency and their test results are checked regularly.

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