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Every vehicle in the UK needs to be tested each year to ensure that it complies with at least the minimum road safety and environmental standards. If you have a vehicle that is more than three years old, it will need an MOT test.

What do you check during an MOT?

Vehicle identification number - A vehicle identification number must be permanently displayed and legible on a vehicle first used on or after 1 August 1980

Registration plate - Condition, security, legibility and format of letters/numbers. Postcode of supplying agent, and BS AU 145d retroreflecting specification code (post 2001)

Lights - Condition, operation, security and correct colour. The headlamps will also be checked to see if the aim is correct

Steering and suspension - Correct condition and operation

Wipers and washers - Operate to give the driver a clear view of the road

Windscreen - Condition and drivers view of the road

Horn - Correct operation and type

Seatbelts - All seatbelts installed are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seatbelts must be in place

Seats - Front seats secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position

Fuel system - No leaks, fuel cap fastens correctly and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened. Make sure the key is available

Exhaust emissions - Vehicle meets the requirement for exhaust emission. These vary on the age and fuel type of the vehicle

Exhaust system - Complete, secure, without serious leaks and silences effectively

Vehicle structure - Free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas. No sharp edges

Doors - Open and close. Latch securely in closed position. Front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items

Mirrors - Presence, condition and security

Wheels and tyres - Condition, security, tyre size and type, and tread depth. Spare tyres are not tested

Brakes - Condition, operation and performance (efficiency test). Suitable vehicles will be tested on a roller brake tester. Vehicles such as those with permanent 4-wheel drive will be tested on a suitable road using a properly calibrated and maintained decelerometer

Source - Directgov