If your vehicle is over three years old it must have a valid MOT certificate. This can
only be issued after an inspection confirms that it meets the minimum safety and
environmental standards required by law. The MOT test must be repeated annually to
evaluate your vehicle's: bodywork, structure, fuel system, exhaust, emissions, seats,
belts, doors, mirrors, load security, brakes, tyres, wheels, registration plates, lights,
bonnet, wipers, washers, windscreen, horn, steering, suspension, etc.
MOT test stations must be authorised by VOSA, a government department. There are
roughly nineteen-thousand in the United Kingdom – and these can be identified by
the 'blue three triangles logo'. The maximum charge for the MOT must be displayed on a
poster within each station. However, they can charge less. The typical cost is £45. If you
are purchasing a used vehicle, check its MOT certificate/history at www.direct.gov.uk.
By Stephen Turvil, motoring.co.uk