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MOT Introduction
Which year was the MOT introduced

The MOT was first introduced in 1960 for vehicles over 10 years oldcovering brakes, lights, steering.1967 was when the anual test came in for cars over three years old



Rear Wipers
I have a hatchback and the rear windscreen wiper isnt working. Would that class as a failure? As saloons dont have rear ones. Is it a case of if its there, it should be working?

If the car has a Back Wiper it has to be working. There is a rule that MOT testers have to follow. If any parts on car are standard on the original manufacturers list, then it has to be working



No Spare Wheel
Is a spare wheel needed to pass the MOT?

No a spare wheel is not required to pass its MOT. If there was a wheel in the car it is liable to be included in the test. So if you are not sure weather the tyre is legal or not, just remove it from the car before the mot test



MOT Notification
Am I notified by the VIA when my test date is due?

Unlike road tax, where you receive a reminder, the mot test is your responsibility. But you can get a reminder from UKMOT



MOT TEST
how many cars fail the test

A third of the 23 million cars that have an MOT test each year regularly fail and are unroadworthy. The latest figures from the Vehicle Inspectorate show that 31.7 per cent of the 22,775,000 cars, vans and passenger vehicles with up to 12 seats tested in 2000 failed their MOT. The Retail Motor Industry Federation RMI, which represents MOT testing stations and service and repair garages says motorists are disregarding their own safety by ignoring regular vehicle service intervals and simply relying on the results of the MOT to tell them their car is unsafe.



Windscreen wiper
Can I pass the MOT with the drivers side wiper only

A wiper installed for the use of the driver that does not operate over an area of the windscreen large enough to give the driver an adequate view of the road through the windscreen to the left and right sides of the vehicle, as well as to the front will fail



Motorcycle indicators
If on a 1991 motorcycle the indicators are removed, will this fail an MOT

If the bike was manufactured with indicators you will fail the test



Motorscooter MOT
My motor scooter is due for its first MOT at the beginning ofDecember. I wont be using it untill the middle of next year. How long canI leave the scooter with no MOT if I leave it locked in the garage

You only need to MOT your scooter when you are ready to go on public roads



Japanese imported car doesn't have rear fog light
My Honda Prelude 1996 import does not have a rear fog light. Icannot tell if it has been removed or if it was never included as part ofthe standard spec. There is no sign of a switch to control a fog light. Doi require one therefor in order to pass a Mot test?

The inspection of rear fog lamps is confined to the one rear fog lamp which is required to be fitted to the centre or offside of vehicles first used on or after 1 April 1980



MOT test on a rear brake imbalance
Question My wifes Toyota Corolla estate has failed the MOT test on a rearbrake imbalance one wheel 180 nm one wheel 220 nm does the brakeimbalance apply to rear brakes one mot test station says not

Click on the link which will take you to the official mot manual you will see that it only applies to front brakes



I brought my car from France and I need an MOT
I brought my car from France and I need an MOT to get new UK registrationnumber and plates. Do I have anything special to carry out in this MOT and how much will it cost me?

You need to alter the right hand dip headlights they can be temporarily altered for use in the UK by fitting masks or converter kits which remove the beam kick up to the right.A long term solution is to replace your existing lights,your local dealer will be able to assist you.The cost of an MOT Test varies the recommended is 39.25p but you can have your car tested for less if you shop around



Holiday Abroad
We are taking our car abroad this summer, do we have to take the MOT certificate and log book with us?

You are recommended by the major motoring organisations to take copies only of all your cars documents, but never leave them in an unattended vehicle. The Green Card is no longer mandatory for visits to countries within the E.



pre-MOTí test
I have heard a friend recommending a preMOT test, surely this is just paying for the same items to be checked twice?

Many motorists now take their car to a garage for a preMOT test, this should take the worry out of the test itself as potential failures can be spotted, and often, rectified quite simply. Charges vary from area to area but if you offer the garage any remedial work the costs could be minimal.When you take into account your time and inconvenience taken to represent your car to the test centre for a retest in the event of failure, the preMOT test is definitely worthwhile. If the car passes both, just be thankful, and pat yourself on the back, for keeping your car in top condition Dont think of it as money wasted on paying for the same items to be checked twiceMany motorists now take their car to a garage for a preMOT test, this should take the worry out of the test itself as potential failures can be spotted, and often, rectified quite simply. Charges vary from area to area but if you offer the garage any remedial work the costs could be minimal.When you take into account your time and inconvenience taken to represent your car to the test centre for a retest in the event of failure, the preMOT test is definitely worthwhile. If the car passes both, just be thankful, and pat yourself on the back, for keeping your car in top condition Dont think of it as money wasted on paying for the same items to be checked twice



Parking brake
My parking brake lever travels 4 or 5 notches before it is fully engaged, a friend told me it must not be more than 3 notches or it will fail, is this true?

No The examiner will check the effectiveness of the operation by listening for definite and regular clicks as the pawl moves over the ratchet teeth. The parking brake has to prevent at least two wheels from turning and must be free from fouling adjacent parts.



Carís suspension
My cars suspension is working well enough but there is a noise which, I suspect, is a rear wheel bearing. Does the MOT test cover such noises

Yes The examiner will spin each wheel in turn on a raised hoist and listen particularly for any sound indicating roughness in the bearing Excessive roughness or tightness in a rear wheel bearing will fail the car.





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