MOT test

The Ministry of Transport test (usually abbreviated to MOT test) is an annual test of automobile safety, roadworthiness aspects and exhaust emissions required for most vehicles over three years old used on public roads in the United Kingdom. The name derives from the Ministry of Transport, a defunct Government department which was one of several ancestors of the current Department for Transport, but is still officially used.

Whether it’s secondhand or brand new, your van will eventually start showing some signs of wear and tear. And, while a hole in the rear or a paint-stained dashboard can be easily spotted, there might be damages under the hood that aren’t so obvious. That’s why it’s legally required for your van to be tested on a regular basis in the UK.

MOT Test Explained

The test is carried out to evaluate your vehicle’s safety, exhaust emissions, and roadworthiness, which is required for active vehicles older than three years, in the UK, that are on the road. It does not only apply to highways, but to any public place.  In other regions, it is required after four years. In the UK, it does not apply to vehicles that have no suitable connection, “to a motorway in any part of the country”. The acronym (MOT) is derived from the Ministry of Transport. The ministry is a redundant government department, which was formerly one of the entities that formed the present Department for Transport. The term is, however, still officially used.

Why You Need an MOT Certificate

You might be wondering why you need an MOT certificate. The answer is simple: it’s unlawful to drive without one. There are a few exceptions to the law, such as when you are taking your vehicle to an MOT appointment, or to getting repairs done on your van, but your MOT certificate is just as important as your van insurance. Besides, it’s just logical to have it. With professional help, you can check every part of your van, with the assurance that it is safe and meets  legal standards.

How Often Do I Need to Get My Van Tested?

If your van is new, you have three years from the date of registration before you need to get an MOT test. When the third year ends, you will have to get your van tested yearly. To make a test appointment more convenient, you are allowed to renew your MOT a month before the previous one expires, and the new MOT can still only expire one year after the expiration of the old one. For instance: if your current MOT was to expire on 2 July 2018, you could get your van tested on the 2 June 2018, and the results would still last you until 2 July 2019.

What does an MOT Involve?

A tester endorsed by the government will go through a complete checklist, ensuring that your van meets environmental standards, and legal road safety. Your van will be checked for the following items:

  • Vehicle Identification Number and Registration Plates
  • Lights and all mirrors
  • Windscreen, wipers
  • Your seats and seatbelts
  • Fuel system and emissions
  • Steering, suspension, wheels, tyres and brakes
  • Body, doors, and horn

Needless to say, your van must be in great condition before you get it MOT tested. Fortunately, we do that and more here, at Glacier Vehicles. Why not contact us today (0208 668 7579)? Or visit our website:

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