M.O.T. stands for Ministry Of Transport.
All UK cars 3 years old and over require a valid MOT certificate by law.
The MOT scheme is a road safety measure designed to ensure that all cars, motorcycles and light goods vehicles more than 3 years old are properly maintained.
At least once a year a vehicle must be examined at an authorised MOT test station to make sure that they comply with certain important requirements of the law.
MOT tests can be carried out on your car up to one month prior to the expiry date of an existing UK MOT certificate provided that a current MOT certificate is presented to the examiner at the time of the test.
See the chart below for further information.
The MOT test fee depends on the type of vehicle. The fees shown are the maximum a test centre can charge and are not subject to VAT.
|Vehicle type||Age first MOT needed (years)||Fee|
|Motorbike with sidecar||3||£37.80|
|3-wheeled vehicles (up to 450kg unladen weight)||3||£37.80|
|3-wheeled vehicles (over 450kg unladen weight)||3||£54.85|
|Cars (up to 8 passenger seats)||3||£54.85|
|Quads (max unladen weight 400kg - for goods vehicles 550kg and max net power of 15kw)||3||£54.85|
|Dual purpose vehicles||3||£54.85|
|Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)||3||£54.85|
|Ambulances and taxis||1||£54.85|
|Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9 to 12 passenger seats)||1||£57.30|
|Class 4a vehicles||n/a||£64*|
|Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (13 to 16 passenger seats)||1||£59.55|
|Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (more than 16 passenger seats)||1||£80.65|
|Class 5a vehicles (13 to 16 passenger seats)||n/a||£80.50*|
|Class 5a vehicles (more than 16 passenger seats)||n/a||£124.50*|
|Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg DGW)||3||£58.60|
*Includes seat belt installation check.