The mot test is an examination of your vehicle to ensure it meets the minimum standards required to be allowed on the road. The vehicle and operating services agency (vosa) are responsible for setting these standards, and monitoring both the mot testing station and the mot tester.
Once your vehicle has reached three years of age it will require a MOT test every 12 months. It is your responsibility to ensure your vehicle has an up to date MOT certificate. It is a legal requirement for your vehicle to be used on the road to have a valid MOT certificate. Without a valid MOT certificate you will not be able to renew your tax disc, and you may not be covered by your insurance company.
All VOSA approved MOT testers have a regular quality check carried out to ensure a consistent professional level of care.
The MOT assessment is based on the condition of the vehicle that day, unlike a scheduled service which will assess the vehicles present and future condition up to the next scheduled service. It is important to note that the MOT standards are a minimum requirement to allow the vehicle on the road and should not be used as a substitute for a scheduled service.
You are allowed to have your MOT test carried out and post-dated up to one calendar month in advance of the due date.