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* WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE MOT TEST?

* DOES NOT INCLUDE 2012 ADDITIONAL ITEMS.

For more details of the MAIN CHANGES TO THE MOT TEST 2012. [Adobe Reader required.]

Lighting Equipment

  • Stop Lamps, Reflector, and Direction Indicators

  • Front and rear position lamps, rear registration plate lamps, rear fog lamps

  • Headlamps

  • Stop lamps

  • Rear reflectors

  • Direction indicators and hazard warning devices

  • Headlamps

  • All: Condition, operation, security and correct colour. Also the headlamps will be checked to see if the aim is correct.

     Steering (including suspension)

  • Steering control

  • Steering system

  • Power steering

  • Suspension - general

  • Front suspension, front wheel bearings and drive shafts

  • Rear suspension and rear wheel bearings

  • Shock absorbers

  • All: Correct condition and operation.

     Brakes

  • Parking brake lever mechanism

  • Hand operated brake control valves

  • Service brake control

  • Anti-lock braking system

  • Mechanical brake components

  • Hydraulic, air and vacuum systems

  • Brake performance

  • All: Condition, operation and performance (efficiency test). Note the removal of the road wheels is not part of the test.

     Tyres

  • Tyres

  • Road wheels

  • All: Condition, security, tyre size/type and tread depth. Spare tyres are not inspected.

Seat Belts

  • Seatbelts condition and anchorage: All the seat belts installed are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seat belts must be in place.

     General Items

  • Driver's view of the road

  • Wipers: Operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.

  • Washers: Operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.

  • Windscreen: Condition and driver’s view of the road.

  • Audible warning (horn): Correct operation and the right type.

  • Exhaust system: Secure, complete, without serious leaks and silences effectively.

  • Exhaust emissions - petrol & diesel: Vehicle meets the requirements of exhaust emissions, dependant on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.

  • General condition of vehicle:

    • Vehicle structure: Free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas, no sharp edges.

    • Body security

    • Body condition

    • Doors: Open and close. Latch securely in closed position. Front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items.

    • Bonnet: Secures safely in the closed position.

    • Load security

    • Spare wheel and carrier

    • Seats: Front seats secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position.

  • Mirrors: Presence, condition, security.

  • Fuel system: No leaks. Cap fastens and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened. Make sure the key is available.

  • Registration plates: Condition, security, digits correctly formed and spaced.

  • VIN details: Not more than one different identification number should be present on a vehicle first used on or after 1 August 1980.

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