Keeping you on the road.
If you use your vehicle on the road you are required by law to keep it in a roadworthy condition. In order to ensure that a vehicle is in a roadworthy condition an MOT (Ministry of Transport) test is carried out to check and validate that the vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards.
Owners of vehicles that are 3 years and older are required to have their vehicles tested every year.
All vehicles need a valid MOT test certificate as without one the vehicle insurance and road tax will be invalidated.
It is possible to carry out an MOT test on a vehicle up to one month before the current MOT certificate runs out or expires. If a test is carried out before the current certificate has expired then the new start date on the new MOT certificate will be from when the old one expires and not the date when the vehicle was tested.
Example: If your MOT certificate runs out on 15 August, the earliest you can get an MOT certificate to keep the same renewal date for next year is 16 July the following year.
You can get an MOT earlier, but the MOT renewal date for the following year will be different.
If the MOT certificate has run out
You can’t drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught.
The only exceptions are to drive it:
- to or from somewhere to be repaired
- to a pre-arranged MOT test
About the MOT
The MOT tests some important items on your vehicle to check that they meet the legal standards.
It isn’t the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn’t check its general mechanical condition.
The test doesn’t cover the condition of the:
Car parts tested in the MOT
These are some of the important parts of your car that will be checked in the MOT.
Parts checked in the MOT
- Fuel system
- Exhaust emissions
- Exhaust system
- Load security
- Tyres and wheels
- Registration plates
- Wipers and washers
- Steering and suspension
- Vehicle identification number (VIN)