Is your vehicle 3 years or older? If so, you are required by law to have a yearly safety test, more commonly known as a MOT test. The point in having an MOT is to make sure you vehicle meets the minimum safety level needed by law.
When a nominated tester is conducting a MOT test they will complete an inspection and a comprehensive series of checks of the vehicle. These checks include the exterior, interior, under the bonnet and under the vehicle itself. After each check, a result is recorded. If the vehicle passes, it will be issued with a VT20 ‘pass’ Certificate. If the vehicle fails to meet the required standard, it will be issued with a VT30 ‘fail’ document. If one of the checks passes but only just passes and could do with repairing or replacing, it will be listed as advisory. This just lets you know about an items so you can keep an eye on it.
It is yours and solely your responsibility to make sure your vehicle has an MOT every 12 months. Without an up to date MOT certificate, you will be unable to drive your vehicle legally or renew your road fund license. Since MOT testing was computerised by VOSA, police and mobile camera units can check remotely to make sure your vehicle has a current MOT certificate.
The penalty for not having a current MOT certificate could be a fine. If your vehicle is involved in a motor collision you could be asked to produce your MOT certificate. If an insurance claim is made, it could be affected by not having an up to date MOT, especially in the case of injury.
At KR Motors you are able to book your MOT test 28 days in advance before your MOT expires. In actual fact it is not widely known that the expiry on your new MOT is 12 months from the expiry of your old one. This means you could have an MOT that lasts 13 months.
If your vehicle sadly fails its MOT test, it doesn’t meet legal standards and must be repaired to meet MOT test standards. The notes that your nominated tester takes on the back of your report will help you.