Originally called the Ministry of Transportation test, an MoT 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.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA, formerly VOSA) is responsible for 'licensing' both the MoT test station and the MoT tester.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your vehicle is examined every 12 months. Without an MoT certificate, you will be unable to renew your road tax and your car may not be insured. Having a current MoT certificate is also a legal requirement in the UK.
MoT Nominated Testers are accredited by DVSA (formerly VOSA) to assess your vehicle against specific safety criteria and to pass it as acceptable and safe, or not. The acceptable standards are as recorded in the current Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA, formerly VOSA) Vehicle Inspection Manual.
The assessment is based on the condition of the vehicle on the day. The Nominated Tester will seperately list and inform you of any 'advisory' items that have passed the test but will require attention in the future.
An individual part of the vehicle may be considered to be beyond its serviceable life when measured against specifications, but still capable of passing the MoT test by a Nominated Tester, applying the test criteria.
You can have your vehicle MoT tested up to 28 days in advance of its due date. Kwik Fit have over 500 DVSA (formerly VOSA) approved testing centres and you can book over the phone by calling 0800 222-111 or online by clicking here. Dont't leave it too late, book today.