What is an MOT?

Originally called the Ministry of Transportation test, an MOT is an annual examination of a vehicle that is three years old or more. The MOT tests both the safety of your vehicle and the level of emissions in the exhaust.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your vehicle is examined every 12 months. We therefore offer a free annual reminder service to our customers. Without an MOT certificate, you will be unable to renew your road tax. Having a current MOT certificate is a legal requirement in the UK.

Our specialised MOT Nominated Testers are qualified to assess your vehicle against specific safety criteria and to pass it as acceptable and safe, or not. The acceptable standards are as recorded in the current Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) Vehicle Inspection Manual.

The assessment is based on the state of the vehicle on the day. The Nominated Tester cannot fail a vehicle on the basis that its condition will get worse and not be acceptable in the near future.

An individual part of the vehicle may be considered to be beyond its serviceable life by a motor mechanic, but still be deemed safe and therefore acceptable to pass the MOT Test by a Nominated Tester, applying the test criteria.

You can book an MOT up to 28 days in advance of its due date. In fact it is not widely known that the expiry date on your new MOT is 12 months from the expiry of your old one.

What we will check in your MOT

  • Lighting
  • Steering & Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Wheels & Tyres
  • Seatbelts
  • Windscreens
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Emissions
  • Washers & Wipers
  • Horn
  • Body Condition & Security
  • Corrosion
  • Seats
  • Mirrors
  • Fuel System
  • Registration Plates & Vin Numbers


Vehicles we can MOT

York MOT Test Centre can accommodate most vehicles including large motor homes and horseboxes. Please contact us if you are concerned about the size or class of the vehicle your require MOT testing. We can test all of the below vehicles:

  • Class 4

    • Car
    • Small van
    • Motor home (large or small)
    • Mini bus – up to 12 passenger seats
  • Class 5

    • Mini bus – up to 5ton & 16 passenger seats
  • Class 7

    • Large van – up to 3.5ton
    • Horsebox – up to 3.5ton

Lost your MOT Certificate?

If you have lost your MOT certificate then York Vehicle Test Centre can easily issue you with a duplicate. If we carried out your MOT we only need the registration number and proof of ownership of the vehicle. If the Vehicle was MOT tested elsewhere in the country then the only additional information we need is the reference number on the V5 "log book".

A small charge of £10 is made for duplicate MOT certificates.