MOT Guide

If your car is properly maintained and in good condition, the current MoT shouldn’t pose too many problems. However, perhaps because of lack of time or preparation, your car fails the MOT. This is a most annoying and frustrating part of car ownership. Spending a few minutes going through the basics can give your vehicle a better chance of sailing through. With this in mind we have provided a basic MOT checklist Guide below and a brief guide in graphic form at the bottom of the page.

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MOT Test Guide
Inspection Guide for Classes 3, 4, 5 and 7 Vehicles (Private Passenger and Light Commercial Vehicle Testing)

Section 1 – Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment

1.1 Front and Rear Position Lamps, End Outline Marker Lamps, Registration Plate Lamps
1.2 Stop Lamps
1.3 Rear Fog Lamps
1.4 Direction Indicators and Hazard Warning Lamps
1.5 Rear Reflectors
1.6 Audible Warning (Horn)
1.7 Headlamps
1.8 Headlamp Aim
1.9 Electrical Wiring and Battery

Section 2 Steering and Suspension

2.1 Steering Control
2.2 Steering System
2.3 Power Steering
2.4 Suspension – General
2.5 Front Suspension, Wheel Bearings and Drive Shafts
2.6 Rear Suspension and Wheel Bearings
2.7 Shock Absorbers
2.8 Suspension Type Diagrams

Section 3 Brakes

3.1 Parking Brake Control
3.2 Hand Operated Brake Control Valves
3.3 Service Brake Control
3.4 Anti-Lock Braking and Electronic Stability Control Systems
3.5 Mechanical Brake Components
3.6 Braking Systems and Additional Braking Devices
3.7 Brake Performance
3.8 Method of Calculating Brake Performance
3.9 Example of Manufacturers Plate
3.10 Brake Efficiency Table

Section 4 Tyres and Road Wheels

4.1 Tyres
4.2 Road Wheels

Section 5 Seat Belts & Supplementary Restraint Systems (SRS)

5.1 Seat Belt Requirements
5.2 Seat Belt Condition
5.3 Seat Belt Installation Check (Class 4A & 5A only)
5.4 Supplementary Restraint Systems (SRS)


Section 6 Body, Structure and General Items

6.1 Vehicle Structure, Body and General Items
6.2 Seats and Doors
6.3 Registration Plates and Vehicle Identification Number
6.4 Load Security, Spare Wheel and Carrier
6.5 Speed Limiter
6.6 Towbars
6.7 Speedometer
6.8 Driving Controls (Class 5 only)
6.9 Glazing (Class 5 only)

Section 7 Exhaust, Fuel and Emission

7.1 Exhaust System
7.2 Fuel System
7.3 Exhaust Emissions-Spark Ignition
7.4 Exhaust Emissions-Compression Ignition

Section 8 Drivers View of the Road

8.1 View to Rear
8.2 Wipers and Washers
8.3 Windscreen
8.4 Bonnet

Section 9 Motor Tricycles and Quadricycles

9.1 Lighting
9.2 Motorcycle Derived Steering / Suspension
9.3 Brakes
9.4 Tyres and Road Wheels
9.5 Seat Belts
9.6 Body and Structure
9.7 Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions
9.8 Drivers View of the Road


A Reserved For Future Use
B Reserved For Future Use
C Structural Integrity and Corrosion
D Tyre Size, Ply Rating and Load Index Tables

MOT Centre

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Call 01926 426305 to book your MOT

Call 01926 426305 to book your MOT

a selection of MOT checks