Mot Reading Doesn’t Have To Be Hard

An Mot Reading (The Ministry of Transport test) is a test for many vehicles over three years which can be applied to public roads within the United Kingdom. It is definitely an annual test to check on the safety, exhaust emissions and roadworthiness of vehicles, such that it meets the minimum standards by law without actually dismantling the vehicle.

It must be noted that even though certificate is valid for a year, it doesn’t signify the vehicle will remain roadworthy for this period. As the vehicle owner, you should make certain that you carry out regular maintenance checks and have the vehicle regularly serviced by a reputable company.


It is extremely important to make a note of when the certificate expires in order that adequate time is allowed to have the vehicle retested and a fresh MOT certificate issued. This can be done within the past month before expiry. You need to be aware that if you fail to generate a valid MOT test certificate it is a legal offence underneath the Road Traffic Act 1988 and it currently posesses maximum fine of £1,000. Although penalty points won’t be put into your driving licence, driving without a valid MOT certificate will invalidate your insurance policy and you would therefore get liable to cover any damages if you were involved with a road traffic accident. This may easily bring about paying out tens of thousands of pounds if other cars are involved.

Sometimes a vehicle can fail an MOT test. This is often for something as simple as a damaged headlamp. The MOT test centre will issue you with a’Notification of Failure ‘. Until the problem is rectified, the vehicle is only in a position to be driven to a storage where you’ve already booked an appointment to have the repairs carried out, or when it is back again to the MOT test appointment. The car will have to be retested at the exact same test centre that carried out the initial test, before a certificate could be issued.

Before investing in a second-hand vehicle it is advised that you check the MOT history of that particular vehicle. They’re held on the central Mot Bay Reading and there are numerous websites that may link you to this information. Using the vehicle registration, you will be able to view the date of the past MOT along with the mileage at the test date. From November 2012, all certificates issued next date have showing the recorded mileage at the existing test as well as the prior three tests. It is going to be shown as’Odometer reading and history’on the certificate. This greatly helps to reduce vehicle crime and you need to use these details to check on that the vehicle you are preparing to buy isn’t showing a false mileage reading.