What You Need to Know About the MOT Test


The Ministry of Transport in Great Britain requires that all vehicles that are older than three years must be subjected to a specific test. The test is designed to check the road-worthiness of the vehicle and to determine whether the car meets the safety and the emissions standards as specified by the MOT. The test was made mandatory when the Road Transport Act came into effect in 1988. If your car is more than three years old, you might need to read up on the test and have one taken. Otherwise, you will receive a fine for failure of compliance.

Who Takes the Test?

The MOT doesn’t administer the test on its own. Instead, it has given authorisation to more than 20,000 local garages throughout Great Britain to perform the test. More than 53,000 testers are stationed at different garages and have the authority to issue certificates after testing is complete. You can find local Lanarkshire MOT testing centres by running an online search. In essence, almost any person who owns and operates his or her own garage can apply to become a MOT testing centre. This does not apply to Northern Ireland; all tests there are carried out at the DVA’s own testing centres.


The MOT test is designed to cover all major aspects of a vehicle. This includes the lighting and the signalling equipment, the braking system, the seat belts, the integrity of the chassis, the body and structure of the vehicle, the tyres and wheels, the exhausts and emissions, and the steering of the vehicle. Before you go for the MOT test, it’s vitally important that you read the inspection manual. It will give you a better idea about the parts that the testers will focus on, thus helping you prepare.