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There are several M.O.T. test classes for different types of vehicle.
A garage must be registered as an approved testing station for each class of vehicle it wishes to test,
so be sure to check that the garage you have chosen is approved to test your class of vehicle.
Chris Wilson Vehicle Repairs are authorised By D.V.S.A. / V.O.S.A. to Test Class 4 & 7 Vehicles.

In addition, there is a certain age at which a vehicle must have its first MOT from new.


Details for the various MOT vehicle classes are:

Vehicle Description
1st Test
Class 1
Motorbike (engine size up to 200 cm3)
3 Years
Motorbike with sidecar (engine size up to 200 cm3)
3 Years
Class 2
Motorbike (engine size over 200 cm3)
3 Years
Motorbike with sidecar (engine size over 200 cm3)
3 Years
Class 3
3-wheeled vehicles (up to 450kg unladen weight)
3 Years
Class 4
3-wheeled vehicles (over 450kg unladen weight)
4 Years
Cars (up to 8 passenger seats)
3 Years
Motor caravans
3 Years
Quads (max unladen weight 400kg - for goods vehicles 550kg and max net power of 15kw)
3 Years
Dual purpose vehicles
3 Years
Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)
3 Years
Ambulances and taxis
1 Years
Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9 to 12 passenger seats)
1 Years
Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight)
3 Years
Class 4A
Class 4 vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation check
Class 5
Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (13 to 16 passenger seats)
1 Years
Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (more than 16 passenger seats)
1 Years
1 Years
Class 5A
Class 5 vehicles (13 to 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check
Class 5 vehicles (more than 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check
Class 7
Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight)
3 Years


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If your vehicle fails the M.O.T. test and has to have one or more items repaired, then you will have to bring your vehicle back to an M.O.T. testing station to have a retest or re-examination before an MOT test certificate will be issued.

If you have your Vehicle repaired by our testing station, an M.O.T. Retest will be carried out after the defects have been repaired.

If your Vehicle is presented for a retest within 10 working days of the original test or the vehicle has been repaired by us, then no retest fee will be charged.

If your vehicle is re-presented more than 10 working days from the date of the original test, a full vehicle re-examination must be carried out therefore a full test fee will be charged.

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If you require a Duplicate M.O.T. Certificate, you must bring your Vehicles V5 Document (logbook) and we will be able to issue a Duplicate certificate.

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The Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme ensures that vehicle faults recorded by the Police are put right.

The Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme (VDRS) was introduced by police forces across England, Scotland and Wales in the mid-1980s.

VDRS applies to passenger cars, motorcycles and mopeds, and small goods vehicles. It also applies to any trailer or caravan being towed by a vehicle covered by the scheme.

VDRS may be used alone or in conjunction with a fixed penalty notice and gives you an opportunity to avoid prosecution by getting vehicle defects fixed and examined.

Police use of the VDRS is voluntary.  If you are given the opportunity to participate in the scheme you will be required to get any police-noted defect fixed as soon as possible and to provide suitable evidence within 14 days that you have done. If you fail to do so you will face the prospect of prosecution, points on your licence and a fine.

Driver responsibility

As the driver you are responsible for making sure that any vehicle you are driving is maintained in a roadworthy condition and free of defects.

Types of vehicle defect

The VDRS will only be used for relatively minor defects only such as cracked light lenses, blown bulbs, worn tyre, illegal number plate etc.

Major defects are those such as defective brakes which present a serious safety risk both to you and to other road users. Driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition is a serious offence.  The Police will issue a prohibition notice stopping you from using the vehicle and you will face the prospect of a substantial fine, points on your licence or prosecution.

Inspection of defects

You will normally be required to take the vehicle to an MOT test station to obtain official verification that the defect(s) noted by the Police have been rectified.  If the MOT test centre is a general repair garage you can of course ask them to repair the defect too.

If the nominated tester is satisfied that all defects listed on the vehicle defect rectification form have been properly rectified he will complete the appropriate section of the form.  Check that they have included their Vehicle Test Station number and that the form has been endorsed using an official embossing or rubber stamp showing the testing station's business details.

This is not a formal MOT test.  You will pay a commercial rate for the inspection, and you should be told of any other faults the tester notices in the course of his inspection, but no MOT paperwork will be issued.


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If you have any concerns about your car passing the M.O.T. Test, we can offer a pre-M.O.T. inspection of your vehicle & advise of any defects that require adjustment, repair or replacement to ensure it meets the standards to pass the M.O.T.





Items that are checked on your M.O.T. Test




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