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What does the M.O.T cover ?

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The body and vehicle structure :-  Is free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas and there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury.

The fuel System :- 
Has no leaks and the fuel cap fastens and seals securely. The fuel cap will need to be opened so be sure the key is available.

The exhaust emissions :- The vehicle meets the requirements for exhaust emissions, dependant on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.

The exhaust system :-  Is secure, complete, without serious leaks and silences effectively.

The seat belts :-  All belts installed are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seat belts must be in place.

The seats :-  The front seats are secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position.

The doors :- Latch securely in closed position. Front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items.

The mirrors :-  The minimum numbers are on the vehicle, their condition and security.

Load security :-  Boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position.

The brakes :-  Their condition, operation and performance (efficiency test). Note the removal of the road wheels is not part of the test.

The tyres and wheels :- Their condition, security, size, type and tread depth. Spare tyres are not inspected.

The registration plates :- Their condition, security, characters correctly formed and spaced.

The lights :-  Their condition, operation and security. Headlamps for aim.

The bonnet :-  Securely latches in the closed position.

The wipers and washers :-  Operate to give the driver a clear view ahead.

The windscreen :- Its condition and the driver’s view of the road.

The horn :-  Operates correctly and is of a suitable type.

The steering and suspension :-  Are of a satisfactory condition and operation.

The vehicle identification number (VIN) :-  Is on vehicles first used on or after 1 August 1980. Not more than one different VIN is displayed except on multistage build vehicles.

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