For cars that are three years or older, MOT (or Ministry of Transport) tests are required annually. The test will make sure that your car is safe for the road and is carried out every year after the three-year mark in order to catch any potential dangers as early as possible. With the goal of protecting the driver, passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers in mind, the MOT test is very comprehensive to ensure that every aspect of your car is safe.
An MOT test is essentially your vehicle’s yearly doctor’s visit. It is a physical that assesses the health of your car, which ultimately increases longevity.
For MOT in Sandhurst, there are only two options: passing and failing. If you pass, you will receive a VT20 pass certificate. If you fail, it indicates an issue with your vehicle.
Reasons for Failure
There are a large variety of reasons why your car may be deemed unsafe. Your vehicle most likely failed the MOT test due to an issue with one of the following:
- Brake pedal anti-slip device
- The doors, seats, or seatbelts
- The horn, rear reflector, or mirrors
- The windscreen, steering wheel, and windscreen wipers
- The fuel filler cap, direction indicators, drop sides, and hazard warning
- The tyres and wheels (not counting motorbikes)
- Sharp edges
- Registration plates and your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
Commercial Vehicles Need MOTs Too!
Commercial vehicles need an MOT test just the same as all other cars. The MOT test for these vehicles is called a Class 7 MOT and is specifically for light commercial vehicles between 3000 and 5000 kilograms. This includes vehicles such as flatbed trucks, high tops, and vans.