The M.O.T. Test


MOT Test BarnetThe VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) MOT test is designed to ensure that all vehicles driven on the roads meet the minimum safety and environmental standards required by law at the time of testing. It is a legal requirement for any vehicle over three years old that is to be used on British roads to pass an annual MOT test.


Key points to remember are:

  • An MOT pass means that at the time of testing the vehicle met the minimum safety and environmental requirements.
  • An MOT Test “pass” does not mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the length of time that the certificate is valid.
  • The MOT Certificate does not guarantee the mechanical integrity of the vehicle.
  • If your vehicle does not have a valid MOT certificate then your insurance is invalidated.
  • All vehicles over 3 years old must have a valid MOT certificate to be considered roadworthy in the eyes of the law.
  • New technology means that police and government agencies can check if you have an MOT certificate at the click of a button.

VOSA Authorised Testing Facility

As an official VOSA Approved Test Facility our MOT centre in Barnet is authorised  to provide MOT testing for vehicles of class 1,2 and 4. Essentially that means that we are authorised to perform an MOT check on cars and motorcycles.

During the MOT test one of our VOSA approved MOT testers will conduct a comprehensive MOT inspection and a series of checks to your vehicle both internally and externally, under the bonnet and underneath the vehicle. The MOT criteria which must be checked and approved during the MOT test proceedure is as follows:

Body or vehicle structure and general items

Free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas. No sharp edges likely to cause injury. Towbars for security, condition, inappropriate repairs or modification. Correct operation of 13 pin electrical socket. Speedometer condition and operation. Engine mountings.

Fuel system

No leaks. Security and condition of pipes or hoses. Fuel cap fastens and seals securely. Note the fuel cap will need to be opened. Make sure the key is available.

Exhaust emissions

Vehicle meets the requirements for exhaust emissions, dependent on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.

Exhaust system

Secure. Complete. Catalyst missing where one was fitted as standard. Without serious leaks and is not too noisy.

Seat belts

All the seat belts fitted are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All mandatory seat belts must be in place. Check of the malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) for air bags and seat belt pre tensioners.


Driver’s seat can be adjusted. All seats for security and seat backs can be secured in the upright position.


Latch securely in closed position. Front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle. Rear doors should open from outside the vehicle. Hinges and catches for security and condition.


Minimum number required, condition and security.

Load security

Boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.


Condition including inappropriate repairs or modifications, operation and performance (efficiency test). Note the removal of the road wheels and trims are not part of the test. ABS or electronic stability control (ESC) where fitted. Check of the MIL for ABS, electronic stability control, electronic park brake and brake fluid warning.

Tyres and wheels

Condition, security, tyre size and type and tread depth. Spare tyres are not inspected. Note: vehicles first used on or after 1 January 2012 – check of the MIL for tyre pressure monitoring.

Registration plates

Condition, security, colour, characters correctly formed and spaced.


Condition, operation including HID and LED headlamps for cleaning, self levelling and security. Headlamp aim. Main beam warning light.


Securely latches in the closed position.

Wipers and washers

Operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.


Condition and driver’s view of the road.


Correct operation and of suitable type.

Steering and suspension

Condition, steering oil level, operation, a check for inappropriate repairs or modification including corrosion to power steering pipes or hoses. Operation of steering lock mechanism. Check of the MIL for electronic power steering and steering lock.

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Is on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. Only one unique VIN is displayed except on multistage build vehicles.

(This information is sourced from the website – February 2012)

For the latest information on the VOSA MOT Test requirements please click on the following links to access the VOSA website and publications:

VOSA MOT Testing Guides

Book an MOT Test in Barnet