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Car MOT Manual - 4.1 Tyres (Structure)

...n Reason for Rejection This inspection applies to tyres fitted to the road wheels only. The vehicle presenter should be informed when it is noticed that there is a defective tyre on a spare wheel.To identify the size and type of tyres, it might be necessary to rotate the wheels or move the vehicle....

Bike MOT Manual - 4.1 Tyres

...n Method of Inspection Reason for rejection Spare tyres are not included in the inspection. However, if a defect is seen, the owner should be notified. The owner should be advised of loose or missing security bolts. Serious underinflation of tyres is not a reason for failure. However, the tester may...

Tyre Failure Rates

...ment of Transport, of failure rates in the UK for tyres. The failure rates are broken down by tyre composition and tyre type. 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 2008 Component RFR ID RfR Reason for Rejection Description Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Tyres ...

Motorcycle MOT Pre Check

... one quarter of MOT test failures are due to worn tyres, remember, safety first worn tyres can kill Here are the main items the examiner will check on the bike Cast wheels should be secure and free from cracks, similarly, spoked wheels will be checked for broken, corroded, loose or bent spokesThe t...

MOT Quick Check - Tyres/Wheels

... tyre tread depth gauge to ensure compliance. The tyres are examined to ensure that there is no fouling with any part of the vehicle. Note The condition of the spare tyre is not part of the MOT. Wheel condition Inspection to reveal Damage Distortion Cracks Distorted bead rims How securely a...


...ndscreen wipers windscreen washers wheels and tyres excluding motorbikes and motorbikes with sidecar Bringing your vehicle back within 10 working days If the vehicle is removed from the test centre for repair and returned within 10 working days following the day it originally failed, then on...

Most common reasons for MOT failures

...and suspension 5.8 5.7 5.6 4.9 4.8 4.5 Motorcycle tyres and wheels 3.7 3.8 3.8 3.6 3.6 3.5 Cars and other passenger vehicles up to 12 seats Body and structure 1.8 1.8 1.7 1.4 1.4 1.4 Brakes 12.9 12.8 12.9 10.7 10.4 10.2 Drivers view of the road 8.0 8.4 8.5 7.7 7.5 6.9 Driving controls 0.0 0.0 0.0...

What does a garage look at during an MOT test?

...rors presence, condition and security Wheels and tyres condition, security, tyre size and type, and tread depth. Spare tyres are not tested Brakes condition, operation and performance efficiency test. Suitable vehicles will be tested on a roller brake tester. Vehicles such as those with permanent...

Avoiding MOT Failures

...Avoiding MOT Failures A good tip for avoiding MOT failures is to take your car to an MOT station that does not do repairs. Many councils have their own MOT test centers for council vehicles but the law says that they must be open to the public. Using a council run MOT test center means that they do...

Car MOT Manual - 2.2 Steering System

...omprising rubbing pads on the body that the front tyres may contact on a full lock. These are acceptable if they are properly maintained so that they do not damage the tyres. d. condition and security of steering rack gaitersNote Expand steering rack gaiters for proper examination. e. oil leaking...

Car MOT Manual - 3.7 Brake Performance

...r vehicles with damaged, underinflated or studded tyres. When testing a veteran car or a vehicle with special controls the driver should be allowed to drive during the test if heshe wishes. Vehicles with automatic transmission must never be roller brake tested with the gear selector in the P park po...

Bike MOT Manual

...ide car attachment that changes to the systems eg tyres and suspension may have been made. These are vehicles in Class II. A motor tricycle is a three wheeled vehicle on which none of the wheeled elements is recognisable as a side car. These vehicles are in Class III or IV. depending on their weigh...

Your Questions Answered

...affic short wheel base I have 4 x 1956516C summer tyres on. 3 of these are 8ply and 1 is 6ply rated. Is this legal will it pass MOT like this I really appreciate your help. thank you. regards.Name byron Town southampton Reveal Answer 15 Q Am having to buy new wing mirror for Ford Fiesta ...

MOT Training - NTTA Sample Questions

...Training Courses MOT Training NTTA Sample QuestionsBrakesSteeringSuspensionWheelsWheelsextraBody CorrosionExhaustExhaustextraGeneral Brakes 1. How would you check that a hydraulic braking system vacuum servo is assisting foot brake pedal effort A listen for a change in engine speed when a...


...ikely to be a brake fault or incorrectly inflated tyres. Consult a garage or mechanic immediately continues to bounce after pushing down on the front or rear, its shock absorbers are worn. Worn shock absorbers can seriously affect the operation of a vehicle and should be replaced smells of anything ...

Retest Re-Examinations

... Retest ReExaminations If the vehicle stays at the test station which failed the vehicle, to be repairedNo Additional Fee Partial Re Examination If the vehicle is brought back to the same test station and retested before the end of the next working day on one or more of the following items only N...

MOT Manual

...Car MOT Manual 2012 onwardsCar Manual Home 1. Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical Equipment 2. Steering and Suspension 3. Brakes Electronic Stability Control Systems 4. Tyres and Road Wheels 5. Seat Belts and Supplementary Restraint Systems 6. Body, Structure 7. Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions 8. Driv...


...MOT PRICES FEES CLASSES Note Fees not subject to VAT Fees shown are maximum fees Age first test certificate required Years Cost Classes 1 2 Class 1 engine size up to 200cm3Motorbicycles 3 29.65 Motorbicycles with sidecar 3 37.80 Class III3 Wheeled Vehicles up to 450 Kg unladen weight 3 37.80 ...

Northern Ireland MOT Test

...Northern Ireland MOT TestThe Driver and Vehicle Agency DVA is the Northern Island MOT booking centre this is not the same as in Mainland Britain where you can go into any approved MOT test centre to have your vehicle MOTd in NI it is only the DVA who control the bookings at the MOT TEST Centres, you...

Training Courses

...T test i.e. brakes, steering, suspension, wheels tyres, electrical systems, body and corrosion, exhaust emissions and general subjects. This assessment will take place at your local VOSA Area Office. MOT Test Cookie Policy TermsConditions...

MOT Reminder

... condition, for example defective brakes, illegal tyres, defective steering, can land a driver with significantly higher fines and points on their licence. The maximum fines imposed are LGV 5000 PCV 5000 Other vehicles including cars 2500 3 penalty points for each offence, for example 3 points f...

Avoiding MOT Failure - Shock Absorbers

...own in unusual wear in the tread patterns of your tyres....

Avoiding MOT Failure - Steering Mechanism

...PRE MOT CHECKSAvoid a Failure Reasons For Failure Council MOT Centres Handbrake Footbrake Steering Wheel WindscreenMirrors Seat Belts Doors Brakes Shock Absorbers Electrical Steering Mechanism Braking System WheelsTyres Bodywork SteeringSuspension Exhaust System Drive Shafts FuelExhaust Petrol Emis...

MOT Quick Check - Exemption List


Bike MOT Manual - 1.5 Direction Indicators

...marily for use off roads whether by reason of its tyres, suspension, ground clearance or otherwise. 3. Check the condition and security of each direction indicator 4. Check the condition and operation of the switch. 3. a. A indicator lamp missing or so damaged or deteriorated that its function is im...

Bike MOT Manual - 1.6 Headlamp Aim

...ot spot can usually be identified. Check that the tyres ace not underinflated. A flat top dip beam pattern is not a reason for rejection USING A RAIL MOUNTED HEADLAMP AIM TESTER Locate the machine on the area designated as the standing area for the headlamp test. Clamp the front wheel or otherwise s...

Bike MOT Manual - 3.3 Brake Performance

...n A. Roller Brake Test Serious under inflation of tyres is not a reason for failure however a tester may decide not to conduct a brake test if tyre damage is likely. When using a roller brake tester the wheel not on the rollers must be braked and chocked against the reaction force. This is especiall...

Vehicle test procedures - Stage 4

...ectrical wiring body condition steering system tyres road wheels and hubs suspension, wheel bearings and drive shafts shock absorbers oil leaks engine and transmission mounts transmission exhaust system including the catalytic converter mechanical brake components brake hydraulic, air an...

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MOT Questions


Hi.i have a bmw e87 and I have to put 2254018, if I put 2454018 for rear I will pass the test

Name: Vasile Ghinet-Dospinescu Town:

As long as both tyres on the rear are the same size the car will pass. The MOT manual states that tyres on the same axle must be of the same nominal size or aspect ratio.


My car is fairly new but I have a flat tyre less than 5000 miles. All tyres on my car as recommended by the manufacturer are currently rated H. One of my front tyres is punctured. Can I replace one of my tyres on the front axle with a tyre rated V I will have a H rated and V rated higher on the front axle. Both rear tyres are H rated.

Name: Tracey Town:

For MOT purposes, tyres on the same axle should be of the same type and structure and both must have an adequate speed rating for the vehicle. It doesnt matter if the speed ratings differ as long as they are both adequate. However, the British Association of Tyre Manufacturers recommends that, for optimum performance and safety, vehicles should be fitted with matching tyres.

retest for tyres

My car failed its MOT as 1 tyre tread depth was below 1.6mm. If I now replace that tyre for retest within 10 days, does the MOT test centre only check the replacement tyre, or do they also check all the other tyres again

Name: Jeff Town: London

They should only check the tyre that failed but if they notice another tyre below the limit then they will fail it on that.

Cracked Tyres

would i fail mot if my tyres are cracked on the sides but has enough trade depth

Name: Himuul daju Town:

If the tyres are deemed dangerous andor likely to fail then the vehicle would fail its mot.

Close to the limit

two tyres on my micra are close to the legal limit 4.1.E.1 can I safely make a long journey

Name: s.connor Town:

It can take 100s of miles to remove the merest of rubber unless there is a suspension problem causing uneven wear or low tyre inflation etc. Note Close to the legal limit is NOT beyond the legal limit, so Yes you can drive it.

Tread Pattern Depth

My garage are telling me that my tyres must be changed because they are 70 per cent worn. Tread pattern is consistent across the tyres and the depth of tread is the same across the tyre at 3.5mm.brThey say that 70 per cent wear will me a MOT failure.brAre they correct

Name: Mr R Hooper Town:

If the tread pattern is more than 1.6mm deep for 75 or more of the tread pattern then the tyre would pass unless deemed dangerous for some other reason by the MOT tester.

Speed ratings

My car has tyres on the rear axle that show different speed ratings is that a fail on test

Name: David Town:

Tyres on the same axle are checked that they are of the same type and structure and that both have an adequate speed rating for the vehicle. It doesnt matter if they differ as long as they both are good enough

commercial tyres

Hi ive just ordered 3 new tyres for my honda crv to pass its mot. Ive now realised ive ordered the right size, but commercial tyres Its too late to change order as they are on the way, are these ok for crv or will it fail mot if fitted

Name: Brigette Barnes Town:

As long as the tyres that share an axle are of the same size, aspect ratio structure.

TPMS Fault

Garage Failed on TPMS along with a couple of Minor Faults. Previous Owner had the Sensors removed from all 4 Wheels.brTPMS light flashes for Approx 10 Seconds and then stays on.brbrDave October 2017brbr

Name: Dave Town:

For cars first used on or after 1 January 2012 If the TPMS light flashes and then stays on then it indicates a fault which will in turn cause an MOT fail. Its one of those things where they are not required to be fitted but if they are, they must work. You could have them refitted, they are fitted where the old tyre valve is located when the tyres are removed.

Tyre Load and Speed ratings

Hello,bris it allowed to have tyre br22545 R17 Y 94 on left front wheel, and br22545 R17 Y 91 on right front wheelbrbrie 94 load vs 91 loadbrI think it is ok because they are physically the same size, but I wanted to check please. The 94 seem to have better fuel efficiency.brbr

Name: joe Town:

Tyres that share an axle must match in nominal size and aspect ratio. The load and speed ratings do not have to match as long as they are both adequate for the vehicle.

Re Test at different MOT Station

My car failed the test on three things. If I fix these things, and take it to another, different MOT centre, within the 10 working days limit, will it only be tested on those failures I.E just a partial test as opposed to a full MOT. I understand the full fee will apply

Name: Alan Town:

A partial test would normally only be done by the same garage as the original test otherwise the test would be full You would be paying for a full test if you took it to a different station anywaybrbrYou wont have to pay again if you take it back to the same test centre before the end of the next working day for a partial retest on one or more of these itemsbraccess panelsbrbatterybrbonnetbrbootlidbrbrake pedal antislipbrbreak glass hammer class 5 vehicles onlybrdoors including hinges, catches and pillarsbrdoor open warning device class 5 vehicles onlybrdropsidesbrelectrical wiringbremergency exits and signs class 5 vehicles onlybrentrance door remote control class 5 vehicles onlybrentranceexit steps class 5 vehicles onlybrfuel filler capbrheadlamp cleaning or levelling devices that doesnt need a headlamp aim checkbrhornbrlamps excluding headlamp aimbrloading doorbrmain beam telltalebrmirrorsbrrear reflectorsbrregistration platesbrseatbelts but not anchorages, seatbelt load limiter and seatbelt pretensionerbrseatsbrsharp edges or projectionsbrstairs class 5 vehicles onlybrsteering wheelbrtailboardbrtailgatebrtrailer electrical socketsbrtowbars excluding body around anchorage pointsbrtyre pressure monitoring systembrvehicle identification number VINbrwindscreen glass, wipers and washersbrwheels and tyres excluding motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecar

Mixed Tyres

Is it legal to mix same size summer and winter tyres on the same axle of a van

Name: Andy Bell Town: York

Tyres sharing an axle must of the same type and structure. The tread patterns do not need to match as long as they are in good condition.

Van tyres

HibrMy car Chevrolet Captiva 2WD uses 215R7016 100H tyres, can I fit van tyres of the same sizeratingbrI have searched Google and cant find a authoritative answer.brMany thanks


Yes you can. Van tyres are made for higher loads than cars. As long as the tyres are in good condition and match per axle then they will pass an MOT

MOT advisory

Does an mot advisory stay an the certificate until it is fixed

Name: Net Town: Bristol

Yes normally. But the tester can only test the car as it appears on the day of the test. An intermittent fault may no show. Tyres can be swapped and swapped back later etc.

Perishing tyres

Is slight perishing on tyres an mot failure.

Name: James Wallace Town: Glastonbury

If the tyres are deemed as dangerous by the MOT tester then the car will fail.

Second hand Tyres

If my car has failed m.o.t on tyres can I replace with second hand ones to pass

Name: Ali Town: Oldham

As long as the tread is within the legal limit and the tyres are in good condition then yes.

Different sized tyres

Hi i have a vauxhall astra 1.6l i went to speedys to get new tyres changed on both sides in the front. After few months what i have noticed is my back tyres are 185 and speedy has put 195 in the front. Is that a problem Suppose i had to change one of the back tyre and put 195 instead of 185 would that make my car look high and low from the rear side. Thank you

Name: Salman patel Town: Leicester

It would only be a problem if two tyres sharing the same axle where different. This would be an MOT fail

Tyre Sizes

I have fitted in my car the standard tyres size 2155516 93W, I need to replace them and I could get 4 brand new 1955516 87V instead....Could I replace them and still pass the MOT

Name: Jose Town: Southampton

As long as the tyres fit the rims properly and are of the same size per axle.

TPMS fault

I have a Chrysler 300c and have pressure sensors in my tyres and a light on my dash board to tell me when they are under pressure, I had to change a trye as the valve was broken thus leaving the car with only 3 working pressure sensors. The main dealership says that it is an MOT fail if all of sensors are not working I check my tyres every week so I know that the pressure in the tyres is correct .... I have an ORANGE LIGHT DISPLAYED ON MY DASH TELLING ME THAT ONE SENSOR IS NOT WORKING .. IS THIS AN mot FAIL


Yes As of 1 January 2015, a car displaying a TPMS fault when submitted for its MOT will result in a test failure

One rear wheel which is an alloy

My MOT garage said that my car has failed the MOT because I have one rear wheel which is an alloy and the other rear wheel is a steel wheel. They are both the same size. Are they right

Name: Cath Town: Tilehurst

Its really the tyres that are tested. Tyres on the same axle must match and you cannot have a space saver for the MOT.

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