The MOT test is the Ministry of Transports road safety measure, ensuring all vehicles over 3 years old are roadworthy, properly maintained by the owner and meet minimum safety and environmental standards.
Everyone who uses a vehicle on the road is required to keep it in a roadworthy condition at all times. The roadworthiness is checked in the interests of road safety and the environment by the test we call the MOT. The first test is required once a car is three years old. (There are different rules if you use it as a taxi or if it has more than 8 passenger seats).
The MOT looks at some important items on your car to see that they meet the key legal minimum requirements at the time of test. You should be aware that the MOT certificate is not a guarantee of the general mechanical condition of a vehicle.
Components to be inspected:
Body / vehicle structure / general items
Steering and suspension
Tyres and wheels
Vehicle identification number