MOT test, basic rules and fees

Mechanic performing MOT test

As you know, going through an MOT test is a common part of being a vehicle owner. After a while, you just get used to dealing with these things – but for a new driver it can be a little bit confusing. To avoid anything getting in the way of you having a safe car that is capable of being on the roads – both operationally and legally – then you need to have an MOT carried out on your car.

Should your vehicle be any more than three years old in age, you’ll need to go through an annual MOT to show the authorities that your vehicle is roadworthy. The minimal standards for road safety and also environmental and green standards that the government is trying to hit are quite easy to attain so long as you look after your car.

Before booking your car in for its MOT carry out a few small checks to ensure everything is in working order. This way, anything that needs fixing you can repair before it goes in for its MOT. This way there’s less of a chance of your car failing.

Here are a few things you could check:

  • Are all your lights in good condition and working? Do you need to change any bulbs?
  • Is the tyre pressure correct? Is the tyre tread correct?
  • Are there any cracks in the windscreen?
  • Are the windscreen wipers in good condition? Is your windscreen wash full?
  • Is the correct amount of oil in the engine?
  • Is the registration plate easy to read and properly secured to your car?

What are the costs?

You’ll need to pay to have an MOT carried out, and while the costs can be lower than the below costs they are typically around about these prices.

These are, however, the maximum that can be set by the Department for Transport by the UK Government;

  • Car test fee – £54.85
  • Solo motorbike fee – £29.65
  • Three-wheeler fee – £37.85
  • For larger vehicles, you can find a definitive price here

This means that no matter what you arrive with, you can only be charged up to the above fees for the test. What you will need to pay afterwards will be variant on what work needs to be carried out, of course! Most of our MOT centres offer discount vouchers, entitling you to an MOT for as little as £21.

And don’t forget, if you get caught driving a vehicle on the road with an expired MOT test certificate, you could receive a court fine up to a maximum of a £1,000.

Note: A taxi tends to have different rulings – check with any firm that you are working for to make sure you are following the right rules for your taxi.