MOT Test Certificate
Your MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test your vehicle met, as far as can be reasonably determined without dismantling, the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. It does not mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the life of the certificate and is not a substitute for regular maintenance.
All MOT testing stations have been connected to this central database. When your vehicle is tested at one of these "computerised" testing stations your test record will be entered onto this new database and you will receive a new style (A4 Landscape is size) certificate. See Below
This is an example of an MOT Test Certificate.
The new MOT certificate is your receipt for the MOT test. It shows the information that is held on the MOT database. The certificate is no longer proof of an MOT and should not be relied on as such. Only the computer record can prove a vehicle has a valid MOT. Under the new system any recommended advisory work will normally be shown on a new Advisory Notice which will be given to you at the time of the test.
This is an example of a Refusal of an MOT Test Certificate (failure notice)
Advisory NoticesAdvisory notices are a non-mandatory part of the MOT and it’s up to the tester to decide whether to advise on an item or not. Some Authorised Examiners may also have their own policy in place for advisories.
As pointed out in the MOT Inspection Manual, it’s considered best practice to advise the presenter about:
any items which are near to, but which have not yet reached the point of test failure
any peculiarities of the vehicle identified during the inspection
any defects on non-testable items which are found during the inspection procedure
An advisory must be useful to the vehicle owner for keeping their vehicle roadworthy; or clarify a significant aspect of the vehicle, such as a missing passenger seat. It’s important to remember that inappropriate advisories can reduce the resale value of a vehicle or result in unnecessary repair work.
Evidence shows that in many cases testable advisories have become overused, sometimes with the same advisory being used year after year. We may be partly responsible for this due to the wording of some advisories; such as a component ‘slightly worn’ or ‘slightly corroded’.
Before issuing an advisory for a ‘slightly’ worn or ‘slightly’ corroded component, consider whether it meets the guidance in the Manual; eg, is near to, but has not yet reached the point of test failure.
Similarly, consider whether it is necessary to select items from the non-component advisory list such as “undertrays fitted obscuring some underside components” where they are known to be standard fitment on the model of vehicle tested.
As part of MOT Modernisation and the new EU directive we will be reviewing the concept of advisories and their wording.