Vehicle Test Certificate Explained

The MOT test is no doubt something you have heard of before, but you don't pay that much interest to what it actually is before you are a car driver and faced with the prospect of requiring such a test on your vehicle.

So what does the MOT in MOT stand for? A surprising number of people don't know - but it simply stands for Ministry of Transport.

This is an annual test that is done on a car to ensure that it roadworthy essentially. It tests things like the brakes, steering, lighting, tyres, washers, wipers, wheels, bodywork, horn, suspension, the noise from the exhaust and also the emissions from the vehicle - in summary it is a comprehensive test to ensure that when you are driving the vehicle it is safe for you and therefore other road users that you are on the road in that vehicle.

So who needs an MOT? Well, if the car that you are driving is over three years old then it needs a test from an approved MOT tester once a year. The vehicle can be tested up to a month before the current one expires.

If you need an MOT test certificate for your vehicle, as outlined above, and don't have one, then you are committing an offence. If a request is ever made by the police to see the MOT certificate then you must produce it within seven days of the request being made.

Related Articles...

driving theory test
What causes accidents: overtaking
When you overtake a vehicle, there are often many things to consider. First of all you need to ensure that it is, as far as you are aware, safe to do so. Therefore don't overtake close to...

Ways to drive in a greener way
There are several methods that you can employ to ensure that you drive in a green way. The advantages of this are that you consume less fuel pro rata so it is good for your bank balance too, and...

What to do if you breakdown at a level crossing
Driving is potentially dangerous, but it is important not to worry about things that could happen when driving but at the same time you should know what to do in the unlikely event that something...

Thinking about a greener car
It is interesting to note that a signficant amount of the greenhouse gas emissions of the entire country comes from simply car travel: noticeably over 10% does. Therefore if you have a type of...

Your car and the lights on it
We are all used to seeing cars in the dark, and also seeing their indicators in the day to communicate to other car drivers. But what must you ensure with regard to the lighting of your...

Road position and large vehicles
In a car there are of course blind spots, but as soon as you drive a lorry you realise how significant the blind spots are for those vehicles. For one simple thing even with vans you can't...

Vehicles that cannot be used for a practical test
The vast majority of drivers will of course use the vehicle of their instructor or driving school when they take their practical test and so will not need to worry about the vehicle. However...

Regular car checks to perform
In addition to the daily checks that you should perform on core elements of your car such as the tyres (see article entitled 'what to check on your car daily') there are various other elements that...

Tips on driving in the country
Driving in the country can be quite a different experience to driving around towns and on motorways. Firstly, depending where you are, the road quality can be very variable and bumpy and...

The photocard driving licence
The new type of driving licence is a photocard, and it has several features on it that it is worth understanding once you are issued with your photocard driving licence. It contains your...


Back to home page of driving theory test questions