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MOT Inspection Manual
This Manual is a detailed guide to the inspection for statutory MOT
testing of the following classes:
3 wheeled vehicles not more than 450 kg unladen weight (excluding
motorbicycles with side cars).
Class IV: Cars, including 3 wheeled vehicles more than 450
kg unladen weight. Taxis, Minibuses and Ambulances up to 12 passenger
seats. Goods Vehicles not exceeding 3000 kg Design Gross Weight (DGW),
Motor Caravans and Dual Purpose Vehicles.
Class VII: Goods Vehicles over 3000 up to and including
3500 kg DGW If a vehicle is presented with a manufacturer’s and a
’Ministry’ plate the weights to be used are those on the
The entire test should be carried out by one NT whose name is on the
list of NT’s with suitable assistance when necessary. The whole of
the test should be carried out without interruption.
The diagrams on pages 8 and 9 show a typical inspection routine which
will aid the tester in making a thorough inspection of a vehicle.
This routine might have to be varied to suit different test bay layouts
and test equipment types.
For example, at some testing stations, where the roller brake tester
is positioned in advance of the lift or pit, it might be more convenient
to conduct the brake performance test before inspecting the underside
of the vehicle on the lift or pit.
This practice is permissible, but it must be noted that a tester should
not proceed with the brake performance test if there is a defect which
Injury to any person;
Or damage to the vehicle or other property.
It is advisable to examine, as far as possible, the underside of a
vehicle before carrying out a brake performance test.
A full inspection must be made on a vehicle presented for test or
re-examination except for permitted free re-examinations (fees and
Topside Inspection Routine
Underside Inspection Routine