Department of Transport approved MOT Test Station
Any vehicle that is 3 years old or over (or 1 year in some cases such as Taxi's, Ambulances and Passenger Vehicles) is required by law to have an annual road safety check - the Ministry Of Transport test - commonly known as the MOT test. The purpose of this MOT test is to ensure that your vehicle meets the minimum road safety and environmental standards required by law, to be driven on public highways.
An MOT test can only be carried out by a person that has been authorised by the government body VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) and at Terry Taylor Garages we have two authorised MOT testers.
The test consists of a comprehensive series of checks around the vehicle, including the interior, exterior, under the bonnet and under the vehicle. The result of each check is recorded - if the vehicle meets the required standard a VT40 'pass' certificate is issued. If the vehicle fails to meet the required standard a VT30 'Refusal of an MOT Test Certificate' is issued. Items inspected that are not quite a failure but worthy of mentioning are drawn to your attention as 'Advisory' items, so that you can take steps to address the issues before the next MOT is due.
The average test takes around 45 minutes to complete and can be carried out while-you-wait.
It is the driver of the vehicle or owners responsibility to ensure that the vehicle is inspected every 12 months. It is a legal requirement to have a valid MOT certificate and without one you will be unable to drive the vehicle lawfully or renew your road fund licence. In recent years, computerisation of the MOT testing system by VOSA means that the Police and fixed/mobile camera units can now check remotely to see whether your vehicle has a current MOT certificate.
The new MOT Certificate - Click for larger image
An MOT test can be carried out up to 28 days before the actual expiry date and the new certificate issued to include any unused days so that no time is lost.
If a vehicle fails the MOT test, your vehicle may be able to have a partial retest for FREE or reduced MOT fee in the following cases:
- If the vehicle is left at the test centre for repair and retested before the end of 10 working days following the day it originally failed, then only a partial retest is needed. There is no fee.
- If the vehicle is removed from the test centre for repair and returned within 10 working days following the day it originally failed, then only a partial retest is needed. In this case a partial retest fee may be charged.
To book your car in for an MOT call us now on 01455 631821
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