About MOTs

Where to go for an MOT test
There are around 19,000 garages authorised as MOT test stations across the country that can carry out your MOT test. The blue three triangles logo is displayed to identify authorised test stations. The maximum fee for the test must be displayed on a poster inside every test station. The station, however, can charge less than what is on the poster if they want to.

How vehicles are tested MOT test stations have designated test bays where they conduct the test, using a range of equipment that meets the required specification for MOT testing.
The standard test procedures are laid out in an inspection manual that the test station should make available on request. If your vehicle has failed the test, youíll be given a failure document with reference to this manual. You can watch the test from a designated viewing area but you are not allowed to interrupt the tester while he is working.
All MOT testers have been on a training course with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and their test results are checked regularly.

Who supervises the scheme?
VOSA is the government agency responsible for supervising the MOT scheme. It does this by:
  • Authorising MOT test stations and approving MOT testers
  • Setting standards for testing and requirements for authorisation for the MOT test station and testers
  • Training authorised examiners and MOT testers
  • Visiting MOT test stations and carrying out checks to ensure testing standards and facilities are maintained
  • Giving advice and taking disciplinary action where tests are not being carried out to the required standards
  • Dealing with appeals and complaints from MOT customers
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