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    Vasstech Team Memebers

    13th April 2016

    The Vasstech guide to MOT’s

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    It’s easy to forget when your MOT is due, and some drivers may not even realise how to find out when it expires. Remember, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your vehicle is examined every 12 months to make sure that it’s roadworthy.

    The basics

    You can find the expiry date on your existing test certificate and to avoid stress, you can have your vehicle tested up to 28 days in advance of the expiry date.

    If it is more than three years old then it will need to have a test every year to ensure that it meets the minimum road safety and environmental standards. The certificate does not mean that your vehicle is roadworthy for the duration of the MOT certificate and will still need regular maintenance and servicing when required.

    The costs

    The maximum fees set by the Department of Transport for an MOT (not subject to VAT) are:

    Car – £54.885
    Solo Motorcycle – £29.65

    Find out fees for other vehicle categories here.

    Common reasons for failure

    The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) says that half of the common fails could be avoided by doing some simple checks:

    Light Bulbs are working – 30% of all faults related to lighting and signalling.

    Tyre pressure and condition – 10% of all faults related to tyres.

    Mirrors, wipers and washers – 8.5% of all faults related to ‘Driver’s view of the road’.

    Check out the full list of reasons and advice on how to avoid failing an MOT on GOV.UK.

    Understanding mileage records

    Certificates issued since 18 November 2012 show the mileage recorded at up to three previous tests as well as the current one. (The AA)

    If you own a car then check the mileage on the certificate when you collect your car. If your garage has made a mistake then this can be fixed but only if you get in done within 7 days. If it’s a big error then this could affect the value of the car.

    If you’re buying a car then keep in mind that certificates can be forged so use the mileage record as a guide and check the official record online.

    The penalties

    Using a vehicle without a test certificate being in force – Maximum of £1,000 fine.
    If the vehicle is adapted to carry more than eight passengers – Maximum of £2,500 fine.
    Failing to produce a test certificate to a police officer also carries a fine of up to £1,000.

    If you have any questions or regarding your MOT or would like to book your car in for one, then contact your local Vasstech branch at Knaresborough, Darlington and Northallerton and we’ll be happy to help.