MOT Test Checklist
The MOT test ensures that your vehicle meets all legal road safety and environmental standards and must be undertaken annually once your vehicle reaches three years of age.
Problems with your vehicle will be categorised during the MOT test as dangerous, major, minor and advisory depending on the severity of the issue. Minor and advisory faults will not cause your vehicle to fail the MOT test, but must be addressed as a priority. A fail will be caused by a major fault, which must be repaired as soon as possible and a dangerous fault, which has to be fixed before you can drive your car.
Give your car the best chance of passing its next MOT test with our helpful checklist.
What is Checked
Seats and Seatbelts
- The driver’s seat needs to be fully adjustable and lock in to place
- All seatbelts should be in good condition and operate correctly – during the test, the length of the seatbelt will be checked for damage
- All mirrors must be in place and secure
- Rear view and wing mirrors must provide adequate views of the road
- The mirrors must not be cracked or damaged in a way which impairs the drivers view
- The horn must be in working order and loud enough to attract attention from other motorists
- The speedometer needs to work correctly and be accurate
- It is ok if the glass is cracked as long as the driver is able to read the speed with ease
All lights* (front, rear, brake, indicators, rear reflectors, fog and registration plate) must:
- Be in correct working order – make sure to replace any broken bulbs before the test
- Be in the correct position
- Be secure
- Not be obscured
- Show the correct colour
*On vehicles first used from September 2009 reversing lights and headlight washers will be checked. On vehicles first used from March 2018 daytime running lights will be checked.
Windows and Wipers
- The drivers view will be checked so you must have any cracks or damages on the windscreen repaired in order to pass the MOT test. The rule is that any damage larger than 40mm on the windscreen, or 10mm in the swept area (pictured) will be deemed an obstruction and the vehicle will fail.
- Windscreen wipers, front and rear, must operate correctly and not be damaged
- Wiper fluid container should not be empty
Tyres & Wheels
- Wheels will be inspected for cracks, damage and distortion
- Tyres must all be the correct size and match each other in structure and they will be inspected for any visual signs of damage
- Tyres must have sufficient tread depth, which is minimum 1.6mm
- Tyres must be inflated to the correct pressures
- The body of the vehicle should be free from excessive damage or corrosion, it will fail if there are sharp edges that may cause injury to other vehicles or people
- All doors must latch securely in a closed position
- Rear doors must be able to be opened from the outside
- Front doors must open from both the outside and inside
- The boot and bonnet need to close securely
- Front and back registration plates need to be secured properly to the car
- It is important that the plates are not obscured by damage or dirt
- Customised registration plates which do not follow standard formatting could lead to an MOT test fail
- A brake performance test will be carried out to test the overall condition of the brakes, pedals and levers
- The brake lights and relevant dashboard symbols will also be checked
- Brake fluid will be inspected for contamination
- Brake discs and pads will be checked
Steering & Suspension
- Your steering system must not show signs of damage or corrosion
- Your steering wheel must only lock when the car is turned off
- Suspension systems will be checked for excessive damage
- There must be no leaks in the fuel system and you must have a fully locking fuel cap
- The exhaust must be complete and it will be checked for any leaks, corrosion and damage
- The noise levels of the exhaust will be examined
- Exhaust emissions must meet legal specifications
- Cars with a diesel particulate filter will be checked to ensure that smoke of any colour is not emitted
- The diesel particulate filter will be inspected to ensure that it has not been removed or tampered with. If it has, you must prove that this was for a legitimate reason such as cleaning
- Your car battery and all electrical wiring will be checked for functionality and condition
For more information on the MOT test contact your local PTA Garage Services branch where our technicians will be able to answer any further questions you may have.
Find out what is checked in the Class 7 MOT here.