MOT Testing FAQ
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What Is an MOT?
The MOT scheme is primarily a road safety measure designed to ensure as far as possible that all cars, motorcycles and light goods vehicles more than three years old are road worthy and;
at least once a year, are examined at an authorised MOT test station, like Somervell, to make sure that they comply with specific important requirements of the law.
M.O.T. Stands for Ministry Of Transport.
Remember- the test certificate relates only to the condition of the testable items at the time of the test and should not be regarded as evidence of their condition at any other time, nor should it be accepted as evidence of the general mechanical condition of the vehicle.
When is My Car Eligible for its First MOT?
When it is three years old.
How much does an MOT cost?
There are maximum fees that can be charged for MOT tests. The Government Agency determines these fees.
What Happens if My Vehicle Fails the MOT Test?
Should the vehicle fail, you will be issued a VT3O Certificate stating the items causing the failure of the MOT test. Make sure you are clear about what rectification is required for a pass to be issued. In some instances, expert or special services may be required regarding emissions or welding.
There is a maximum time limit of 10 days and remember – a car that does not have a current MOT Certificate is not allowed to be used on the road except when going for repairs for an MOT test or a prearranged MOT test.
How Long Does it Take?
An MOT test takes approximately 45 minutes.
Am I notified by the VIA when my test date is due?
Unlike road tax, where you receive a reminder, the mot test is your responsibility.