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What does an MOT Certificate confirm?

The MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test, without dismantling it, the vehicle met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law.


It doesn’t mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the length of time the certificate is valid. The MOT certificate is also no guarantee of the general mechanical condition of your vehicle. The test doesn’t cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.


Everyone who uses a vehicle on the road must keep it in a roadworthy condition. The MOT test checks that vehicles meet road safety and environmental standards.


The first MOT test for a vehicle is required when it’s three years old. There are different rules if it’s used as a taxi.


How often do I need to take my car for an MOT and when is the first inspection due?

All vehicles need an MOT test when they are 3 years old (from new) and theirafter every year.


The exception to this is ambulances and taxis and private passenger vehicles and ambulances which are required to take the test every year.