MOT (Ministry of Transport Test)
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At G-Mac we carry out at request:
» MOT on Class 4 (Cars) & Class 7(vehicles in the 3.0 to 3.5 tonne weight range, including vans, pickups and transits)
» MOT and Full Services
» MOT Pre check
» If your vehicle fails the MOT G-Mac is equipped to carry out all repairs
If your vehicle is 3 years or older you are required by law to have an annual safety check called the ministry of transport (MOT) test. The purpose of the MOT test is to ensure the vehicle meets the minimum safety level required by law.
During the MOT test the Nominated Tester (a person authorised by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)) will conduct an inspection and a comprehensive series of checks around the vehicle. This includes the interior, exterior, under the bonnet and under the vehicle. The result of each check is recorded and if the vehicle passes a VT20 ‘pass’ certificate is issued. If the vehicle fails to meet the required standard a VT30 ‘failure’ document is issued. Items that are not quite a failure, but are worthy of a mention to you so you can keep an eye on them, are drawn to your attention as ‘advisory’ items.
It is your responsibility to ensure your vehicle is examined every 12 months. Without a current MOT certificate, you will be unable to drive your vehicle lawfully or renew your road fund license. Recent computerisation of the MOT testing system by the DVSA means police and mobile camera units can now check remotely to see if your vehicle has a current MOT certificate.
The penalty for not having an up to date MOT certificate could be a fine. If the vehicle is involved in an accident you may be asked to produce your MOT certificate. Insurance claims could be affected by the absence of your MOT certificate, especially in the case of injury.
If the vehicle fails its MOT test then it does not meet legal requirements and must be repaired to comply with the MOT test standards. The notes on the back of the report you receive from the Nominated Tester will help you
If your vehicle fails an MOT test, then prior to a valid certificate being issued, it must be repaired and retested in accordance with DVSA guidelines:-
» If a vehicle fails the MOT test and is left with the testing station to repair, no retest fee is chargeable.
» If the vehicle fails on a range of items detailed on the DVSA website and is taken away to be repaired and returned by the end of the following working day, a retest is required, but no fee is chargeable.
» If the vehicle is removed from the Autocentre and presented back within 10 working days then a retest needs be undertaken for which a fee is charged equal to half of the initial DVSA MOT test fee charged.
» In all other cases a full MOT test is required and will be charged at the prevailing rate.
» If your vehicle fails a retest then the vehicle will have to have a full MOT test when presented again.
If your vehicle fails the MOT test and you wish to appeal against it you should ask the MOT testing station for a VT17 form. If your appeal is successful the fee or part of it will be returned, but you should not have your vehicle repaired before the appeal is considered, as any change may affect the outcome of the appeal.