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MOT test

If you own a fleet of refrigerated vehicles, it is safe to assume that you demand a perfectly maintained vehicle, at all time. To protect your license, your vehicles have to undergo some crucial tests that will certify it fit for driving. One of such tests is the MOT test. The MOT test stands for Ministry Of Transport test. It is an annual test of vehicle safety, roadworthiness, aspects and exhaust emissions, required in the UK, for most vehicles, over three years old. An  MOT pass certificate indicates that at the time of the test, the vehicle met or exceeded the minimum safety standards, determined by the DVSA guidelines. The test applies to vehicles used on roads, highways and other places, available for public use. Most local car repair garages throughout the UK, are authorised to perform MOT testing and to issue certificates. It is important that the garage that performs the MOT test is standard, as MOT tests are constantly updated from time to time.

MOT Test for Refrigeration Vehicles

refrigerated vehicles are great for transporting large amounts of goods that need to be kept at a certain temperature. They are cleverly designed, to regulate temperature and prevent the spoilage of your precious cargo. Refrigeration vehicles create the link in the cold chain, allowing frozen or chilled produce to reach the end user, in the correct temperature environment. They are used to keep the produce at the same temperature they left the manufacturer, before reaching the end user, thereby stopping them from getting warm, during the journey. They are mostly used to transport frozen foods and temperature-sensitive goods. From large national companies to small private businesses, refrigerated trucks and vans are essential for the businesses of catering and food delivery, butchers, fishmongers, event and wedding caterers, pharmaceutical companies, and many others. Refrigerated vehicles, especially pre-owned, or used refrigerated vehicles, ought to undergo an MOT test, before they are delivered to their owners. The MOT test covers the flowing aspects:

  • Brakes
  • Brake light
  • Horns
  • Exhaust system
  • Total check of the Condition of the body structure and chassis
  • Emission test, for both diesel and petrol engine vehicles
  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Rear wheel bearings
  • Rear wheel steering
  • Bonnet catch
  • Number plate
  • Mirrors
  • Doors
  • Seat
  • Suspension
  • Fuel system
  • Seat belt
  • Lights
  • Steering
  • Wheels
  • Strict tyre thread depth check
  • Checks of secondary restraint systems, battery and wiring, electronic stability control (esc), speedometers and steering locks
  • Windscreen wipers and washers
  • Direction indicators

An MOT test certificate confirms that at the time of the test, the vehicle has met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards. It does not mean that the vehicle is roadworthy, for the life of the certificate. The test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox. It also does not include the inspection of most vehicle accessories.

MOT Test at Glacier Vehicles

At Glacier Vehicles, we provide MOT preparation and MOT testing, for light and heavy refrigerated vehicles, and for refrigerator trucks and chiller vans of all sizes. As soon as we are done with your conversion, we start off the MOT test, so you can have your vehicle delivered to you, and you are on the road for business, immediately. In case you require roadside assistance, to bring your vehicle in for the MOT or servicing, we are available for call outs, in all parts of mainland UK. All our MOT testers, carrying out the inspection are trained and certified. Apart from MOT test, every vehicle sold by us undergoes thorough HPI checks, performance tests and multi point check, before it is delivered to a customer. We perform these test on all our used freezer vans, before delivering them to you. That way, you are assured of a vehicle in top form, both in body and structure. Some of the criteria we take into consideration before administering the tests include:

Class of the vehicle

We are able to offer MOT tests, for the following classes of refrigerated vehicles: Class IV: These include refrigerated vehicles that do not exceed 3,000 kg Design Gross Weight. Class V: These include private refrigerated vehicles. Class VI or PSV test: These include public refrigerated vehicles, used for hire. Class VII: These are refrigerated cargo vehicles, over 3,000 kg, and up to 3,500 kg Design Gross Weight. HGV test: They include refrigerated goods vehicles, over 3,500 kg Gross Vehicle Weight.


Warranty validity is important for all customers, who run vehicles under three years old. To adhere to the warranty terms and conditions, your refrigerated vehicle must be serviced at the correct intervals. Manufacturers’ original replacement parts must be used along with the correct specification of oils. At Glacier Vehicles, if during the MOT we discover any repairs that may be covered by the warranty, we will act as an intermediary, between you and the relevant dealership. We will monitor the progress for you, until the repair is complete.

Some of the Vehicles We Specialise In

We have great experience and different specialist diagnostic equipment, for all manufacturers including:

  • Mercedes Vito
  • Mercedes Sprinter
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen Crafter
  • Fiat Scudo
  • Renault Trafic
  • Renault Master
  • Vauxhall Vivaro
  • Vauxhall Movano
  • Nissan NV400
  • Citroen Relay
  • Citroen Dispatch
  • Fiat Ducato
  • Ford Custom
  • Ford Transit
  • Peugeot Boxer
  • Peugeot Expert
  • Iveco Daily

At Glacier Vehicles, we can help boost your business performance and growth by providing you with temperature-controlled vehicles, at a great price. Whether you specialise in the supply chain, cold chain, or distribution industry, we have got your transportation and logistics company covered.  All our freezer and fridge vans are MOT-tested, and deliver maximum storage capacity, solid fuel economy and durability. Once you let us know what you would like to accomplish with your new refrigerated vehicle, we will recommend the most suitable option for you, from our superb range of refrigerated vehicles. After the conversion, we will perform the test and you will be issued a proof of the MOT test, which is a certificate that states that your vehicle will perform to your satisfaction, without hiccups. If you want to buy a used refrigerated van, a used freezer van, a new refrigerated van or a new freezer van call, Glacier Vehicles on 0208 668 7579.

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