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MOT inspection manual: cars and passenger vehicles

Driver Vehicle Standards Agency

October 14
15:32 2021

Applies to: England, Scotland, and Wales (see publication for Northern Ireland).

There are different MOT inspection manuals for motorcycles, heavy goods vehicles and public service vehicles.

  • Introduction

    Definitions, vehicle classes, reasons to refuse to test a vehicle, narrow track vehicles, historic vehicles and inspection procedures for car and passenger vehicle MOT tests.

  • 0. Identification of the vehicle

    Registration plate (number plate) and vehicle identification number rules and inspection for car and passenger vehicle MOT tests.

  • 1. Brakes

    Brake condition and operation, service brakes, secondary brakes, parking brakes, anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic braking system (EBS) and brake fluid rules and inspection for car and passenger vehicle MOT tests.

  • 2. Steering

    Mechanical condition, steering wheel and column or handlebar, forks and yokes, steering play and electronic power steering (EPS) rules and inspection for car and passenger vehicle MOT tests.

  • 3. Visibility

    Field of vision, bonnet catches, condition of the glass, the view to the rear, windscreen wipers and windscreen washer rules and inspection for car and passenger vehicle MOT tests.

  • 4. Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment

    Headlamp, position lamps, daytime running lamps, stop lamps, indicators, hazard warning lamps, fog lamps, reversing lamps, lighting tell-tales, trailer electrical socket, electrical wiring and battery rules and inspection for car and passenger vehicle MOT tests.

  • 5. Axles, wheels, tyres and suspension

    Axle, wheel bearing, wheel and tyres, tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), and suspension (including springs, shock absorbers, and suspension arms and joints) rules and inspection for car and passenger vehicle MOT tests.

  • 6. Body, structure and attachments

    Structure and attachments (including exhaust system and bumpers), and body and interior (including doors and catches, seats and floor) rules and inspection for car and passenger vehicle MOT tests.

  • 7. Other equipment

    Seat belts and restraint systems, airbags, anti-theft devices, horn, speedometer, speed limiter and electronic stability control (ESC) rules and inspection for car and passenger vehicle MOT tests.

  • 8. Nuisance

    Noise, exhaust emissions, engine malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) (sometimes called an engine management light or 'EML'), and fluid leak rules and inspection for car and passenger vehicle MOT tests.

  • 9. Supplementary tests for buses and coaches

    Entrance and exit doors, emergency exits, passenger grab handles, steps and stair rules and inspection for bus and coach MOT tests.

  • 10. Seat belt installation checks

    Seat belt installation rules and inspection for vehicles fitted with more than 8 passenger seats and first used before 1 October 2001.

  • Appendix A: Structural integrity and corrosion

    Assessing corrosion and methods of repair for car and passenger vehicle MOT tests.

  • Appendix B: Tyre load index tables

    Tyre load rating and exceptions, and tyre load index tables for single wheel and dual wheel configurations for car and passenger vehicle MOT tests.

  • Appendix C: Seat belt fitment tables

    Seat belt fitment requirements and tables.

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