The MOT (Ministry of Transport) test is a government-mandated test that was created to establish certain baseline standards for motor vehicle safety, roadworthiness and emissions. If a car could not pass an MOT test it was denied access to UK roads until it was brought up to snuff. While the MOT itself no longer exists (having been replaced by the current Department for Transport), the test that bears its name survives and has been continually expanded over the years to encompass new items.
The MOT test has been around since 1960. At that time the test was voluntary and only concerned with the condition of a car’s brakes, lights, and steering. Due to low voluntary compliance and a high failure rate among tested cars, the voluntary aspect of the test was soon dropped and new items were added to it. That includes tyres in 1968, windscreen wipers in 1997, and emissions in 1991. Today’s test covers 17 different items, including all those we already mentioned and seat belts, horn, bonnet catch, suspension, body, and more.
Being caught out for driving with an expired MOT cert is no slap on the wrist. Fines can be levied up to £2,500, you can be charged with driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition, and you might have 3 points added to your driving record which, of course, means higher insurance premiums. It’s not worth it.
If your car is more than 3 years old and does not have an up-to-date MOT certificate it is illegal to drive it on roads in the UK. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Bring it into Fallsbrook Motors, before your MOT certificate expires and set your mind at ease.
We are a Class 4 and Class 7 MOT testing facility, which means we test all standard cars that seat up to 8 passengers and weigh up to 3,000kg. We can also test commercial vehicles that weigh between 3,000 and 3,500kg. Call Fallsbrook Motors now on 020 8769 1184 to arrange an appointment for your MOT test.
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