The Ministry of Transport test is compulsory for cars once they reach three years from first registration.
Everyone who uses a vehicle on the road is required to keep it in a roadworthy condition. The roadworthiness is checked in the interests of road safety and the environment by the MOT test. It is a way of making sure your car is structurally safe and sound but is not a substitute for regular servicing. The test does not check the condition of the engine, clutch and gearbox.
There is a specified checklist to ensure the car meets key legal requirements when it is tested.
The test takes approximately an hour and must be carried out at an authorized test centre, which will have all the equipment necessary such as brake tester, exhaust diagnostic equipment etc. All MOT testers will have been on a VOSA approved training course.