You must keep any vehicles driven on the road in a roadworthy condition. The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards.
It isn’t the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn’t check its general mechanical condition.
You must get an MOT test for your car by either:
- the third anniversary of its registration
- the anniversary of its last MOT, if it’s over 3 years old
MOT Price List
- Quad Bikes £35.00
- Cars & Small Vans £40.00
- Class 7 Large Vans £58.60
Including a free re-test
In some cases, you’ll need to get a test when it’s one year old – check the MOT table to see if this applies to your vehicle.
You’ll then need to renew your MOT before it expires. The earliest date you can renew is one month before it expires – this date is printed on the pass certificate.
The MOT test was first introduced in 1960 under the direction of the Minister of Transport, Earnest Marples under powers in the Road Traffic Act 1956. The test was originally a basic test including brakes, lights and steering check which was to be carried out after the vehicle was ten years old and every year thereafter. This became known as the “ten year test”, or alternatively the “Ministry of Transport Test”. The list of items tested has been continually expanded over the years.