Stop Lamps, Reflector, and Direction Indicators
Front and rear position lamps, rear registration plate lamps, rear fog lamps
Direction indicators and hazard warning devices
All: Condition, operation, security and correct colour. Also the headlamps will be checked to see if the aim is correct.
Steering (including suspension)
Suspension - general
Front suspension, front wheel bearings and drive shafts
Rear suspension and rear wheel bearings
All: Correct condition and operation.
Parking brake lever mechanism
Hand operated brake control valves
Service brake control
Anti-lock braking system
Mechanical brake components
Hydraulic, air and vacuum systems
All: Condition, operation and performance (efficiency test). Note the removal of the road wheels is not part of the test.
All: Condition, security, tyre size/type and tread depth. Spare tyres are not inspected.
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.
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.
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.