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Burghfield Common and Burghfield

Mortimer, Grazeley, Wokefield, Sulhampstead, Reading, Theale, Ufton Nervet


MOT check and test

Everyone who owns and uses a vehicle on the road must keep their vehicle in a suitable operating condition. The MOT test checks that vehicles meet road safety and environmental standards. The first MOT test for a vehicle is required when it is three years old, then every year after that. However, there are different rules if it is used as a taxi.

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The MOT certificate

MOT check and test

The MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test the vehicle met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. However, this does not mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the total length of time the certificate is valid and has no guarantee of the general mechanical condition of your vehicle. Also, the test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.

What the MOT test includes

The MOT looks at some important items on your car to see that they meet important legal requirements at the time of when the test is taken.

The body and vehicle structure
To check that it is free from damage in specific areas and there are no sharp edges likely to cause injury.

The fuel System
To ensure that it has no leaks and the fuel cap fastens and seals securely.

The exhaust emissions
The vehicle has to meet the requirements for exhaust emissions, dependent on the age and fuel type of the vehicle.

The exhaust system
It is important that it 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 and safe to use.

The seats
To ensure that the front seats are secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position.

(Components to be inspected)

The doors
It is important that the latch securely in closed position. The front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle incase of an emergency. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items.

The mirrors
To ensure that he minimum number of mirrors are on the vehicle and are in acceptable condition and secure.

Load security
Boot or tailgate can be secured in the closed position so that it can't open unexpectedly.

The brakes
To ensure that they are working correctly. Their condition, operation and performance (efficiency test).

The tyres and wheels
The condition, security, size, type and tread depth of each wheel must meet the requirements. Spare tyres are not inspected.

The registration plates
To check that their condition, security, characters correctly formed and spaced.

The lights
Their condition meets the requirements as well as their operation and security. Headlamps are tested for aim.

The bonnet
To ensure that the latches secure in the closed position.

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

The windscreen
Its condition must be checked to ensure that the drivers view of the road is clear and not effected.

The horn
Must operate correctly and is of a suitable type for the vehicle.

The steering and suspension
Must meet the requirements and 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.

Where to go for an MOT test

The blue three triangles logo is displayed to identify the test stations/garages across the country authorised as MOT test stations. The maximum fee for the test must be displayed on a poster inside every test station. The station, however, can charge less than what is on the poster if they wish to do so.

How vehicles are tested

Authorised MOT test stations/garages have test bays where they carry out the test, using a range of equipment that meets the required specification for MOT testing. The standard test procedures are laid out in an inspection manual that the test station should make available on request.

If your vehicle has failed the test, you will be given a failure document with reference to this manual.

All MOT testers have been on a training course with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and their test results are checked regularly.

Who supervises the scheme?

VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) is the government agency responsible for supervising the MOT scheme.

It does this by:
authorising MOT test stations and approving MOT testers

setting standards for testing and requirements for authorisation for the MOT test station and testers

training authorised examiners and MOT testers

visiting MOT test stations and carrying out checks to ensure testing standards and facilities are maintained

giving advice and taking disciplinary action where tests are not being carried out to the required standards

dealing with appeals and complaints from MOT customers

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0118 983 2822

The Forge Garage provide Tyre Services, M.O.T preparation, Repairs and Servicing and are based in Burghfield Common.

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