The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency issues a test known as The Ministry of Transport test, also known as the MOT check, is required in Great Britain for most vehicles.
Each year, people take this test to have their vehicle’s safety exhaust emissions and road worthiness examined, in order to learn whether it meets standards required of vehicles in Great Britain. The test assesses most vehicles over three years old, as long as they’re usable on any path that’s defined as a road in the country.
What should I know about retaking the MOT test?
People who fail and therefore need to retake the MOT check test may be eligible for taking a partial retest for free or at a reduced fee.
That usually applies to vehicles left at the test centre for repairs, and are later retested before the end of 10 working days, following the day it originally failed the test. No fee is required in that situation.
Fees are also waived if you bring the vehicle back to the same test centre before the end of the following work day for a partial retest for items including those such as vehicle electrical wiring and battery.
You’ll only need a partial retest if you return your vehicle back to the testing centre after taking it from the testing centre for repair. This applies to those who manage to bring their vehicle back to the testing centre within 10 working days of taking the original test.
What types of problems might occur with a failed mot check?
If your vehicle fails the MOT test, you may be able to appeal the failed test.
Before starting any suggested repairs, it’s advised to talk to car checker at the testing centre who is a qualified MOT representative.
Once you’re ready, you can appeal your failed test result by submitting an appeal form, labelled ‘VT17.’ You can get the form from any MOT test centre or by contacting the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.
The appeal must be received within 14 working days of the test itself. When accepted, the DVSA will offer you to schedule a car check appointment within five days. You will, however, have to repay the full test fee.
What vehicles don’t need the MOT test?
Some vehicles don’t need a mechanic to check mot. These vehicles include tractors, cars and motorbikes made before the 1960s, electricity-powered goods vehicles and any vehicle under three years old.