It is your responsibility to ensure your vehicle is examined every 12 months. Without a current MOT certificate, you will be unable to drive your vehicle lawfully or renew your road fund license. Recent computerisation of the MOT testing system means police and mobile camera units can now check remotely to see if your vehicle has a current MOT, which could result in a fine. If the vehicle is involved in an accident, you may be asked to produce your MOT certificate. The absence of an MOT could affect an insurance claim, especially in the case of injury.
During the MOT a comprehensive series of checks are carried out - including the interior, exterior, under the bonnet and under the vehicle. The result of each check is recorded and, if the vehicle passes, a certificate is issued. If it fails then remedial work will have to be carried out. The JT Hughes MOT tester will mention Items that are not quite a failure, but worthy of a mention, so you can keep an eye on them.
When does my car need a MOT?
It is a thorough annual examination of a vehicle that is three years old or more. The MOT tests both the safety of your vehicle and the level of emissions in the exhaust. You can have your vehicle MOT tested up to 28 days in advance of its due date.
What do I need to take with me?
Take your Vehicle Registration Document – often referred to as the 'V5' document – and a means of paying the current fee. You can book an MOT up to 28 days in advance of its due date, but you won’t lose out, the expiry date on your new MOT is 12 months from the expiry of your old one. Effectively this means that you could have an MOT that lasts for 13 months.