do you need to MOT your vehicle?
Every vehicle in the UK needs to be tested each year
to ensure that it complies with at least the minimum
road safety and environmental standards. If you have
a vehicle that is more than three years old, it will
need an MOT test.
About the MOT
The first test is required once a vehicle is three
years old. There are different rules if you use it
as a taxi. When your vehicle is tested, the MOT looks
at some important items to see if it meets the legal
requirements. You should be aware that the MOT certificate
is not a guarantee of the general mechanical condition
of a vehicle.
When you vehicle needs testing
If a vehicle is registered with no prior use on the road, the MOT
will be required three years after the date of registration. For example,
a vehicle registered ‘from new’ on 1 April 2004 will require its MOT
no later than 1 April 2007.
If a vehicle is used prior to registration, as would be the case with
an import, the MOT will be required three years from the end of the
year of manufacture. For example a vehicle manufactured at any time
in 2004 will require an MOT no later than 31 December 2007. There
is no grace period given after these dates.
An MOT can be carried out at any time
If the vehicle is tested within the calendar month prior to when the
MOT is due, the test certificate will run from the date of the test
to one year after the expiry date of the current certificate. For
example, if the current certificate was due to expire on 1 April 2007,
and the vehicle was presented on or after 2 March 2007, the certificate
would run from the test date until 1 April 2008.
The same rule would also apply when the vehicle is taken in within
a calendar month of its first MOT. In this case, the vehicle owner
would need to present their registration document.
If the vehicle is tested earlier than one month before its due date,
the MOT will only run for twelve months.