All vehicles that complete three years in the UK should get an MOT test. Furthermore, car owners have to get this test annually after their vehicle completes three years with the rule stating fur years in Northern Ireland. The main reasons for this test are to meet road safety and environmental standards. The MOT tests involve dozens of checks on vehicles, ranging from brakes and fuel systems to lights, mirrors, seatbelts, windscreen wipers and exhaust system.
Other than checking the right oil, coolant, and fuel levels, while also going through the exhaust, the MOT doesn’t cover the condition of the engine, clutch, or gearbox.
Multiple garages in the UK are registered to handle the MOT tests while there are also local council test centres that cannot fix vehicles but only handle the test. These instances reduce the chances of them being biased based on where a vehicle was fixed. These test centres don’t carry out repairs but only the inspections and checks for the MOT tests.
What are the changes that the MOT is facing?
With fewer people travelling amidst the Coronavirus, and a lot of them staying at home, the MOT decided it would make sense to allow everyone to check Mot online. This website provides information about the previous year’s results, the issues with the vehicle, any specific aspect that was due for a servicing and a complete history of the car since 2005.
All this information keeps the owners well informed about the vehicle, and they can go ahead and get their much-needed repairs done. Furthermore, owners are advised to get the car repaired before bringing them in for a test since there is a massive backlog of vehicles going through the MOT tests in the UK.
While the pandemic was hitting the UK hard, to keep people indoors, the MOT passed a
six-month extension to all vehicles with MOT tests expiring from March to July. From the 1st of
August, MOT registrations were back full swing with people rushing to get their cars tested since vehicles without an MOT registration cannot ply on public roads. When coordinating with these garages, people can b ook MOT appointments and go directly on the appointment date, so they don’t have to wait in long queues. When people go to check MOT, the tests take quite some time depending on how old the car is, and the number of tests and checks that need to be handled.
An average MOT test takes between 45 and 60 minutes, but there are a couple of other things to take into consideration. For instance, if a vehicle fails the test and needs to be repaired, it might take longer.
Additionally, some MOT testing centres even sending a representative to collect the car, take it to the centre, go through the needed tests and send the car back by the end of the day. This reduces the number of people waiting in line and the unnecessary movement when not needed.