The MOT test scheme



 What is an MOT test?                                      


An MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test the vehicle met, as far as can be reasonably determined without dismantling, the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. It dose not mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the life of the certificate and is not a substitute for regular maintenance.

It does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.




What can a customer do if they disagree with a test result?

If they think it

A)  has wrongly failed


There is an appeal form (VT17) available at a test station, when completed and sent to a VI office within 5 working days of the test along with a full test fee, you are offered an appointment to recheck the vehicle. If the appeal is successful some or all the test fee is refunded.



or B) has wrongly passed

 (Usually recently purchased vehicles)

Let the VI know within 28 days or 3 months in the case of rust or corrosion related problem, an appointment for a free test will be offered within 5 days.


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