Appeals against MOT Inspections
If a motorist who has recently had a vehicle MOT tested
disagrees with the outcome of the inspection, they are
entitled to an appeal against the decision. The appeal
must be lodged with the VOSA/DVA within twenty-eight
days of the original test date if the item(s) in question
are mechanical in nature.
Three months are allowed for corrosion issues, except
for corrosion of brake discs, brake lines or the exhaust
system. Mileage, or the lack thereof, incurred after
the inspection has no relevance to the appeal even if
the vehicle has not been used for several months after
If the items in question are repaired, replaced or removed
from the vehicle, the right of the owner to appeal becomes
null and void. Failure due to items that are easily replaced,
such as tyres or windscreen wiper blades, may not be appealed
against, as it cannot be adequately determined if they were
the ones fitted at the time of inspection.
To appeal against an MOT pass is free of charge however, to
appeal against a failure will incur a fee whose value would
amount to the normal maximum price of an MOT for that vehicle.
This fee will then be refunded if the appellate inspection
finds in favor of the motorist lodging the appeal.
If the appellate inspection finds the vehicle was incorrectly
diagnosed, the VOSA/DVA takes appropriate action against the
station involved. This can range from penalty points being
issued for minor infringements, to the station's MOT license
being rescinded for more major violations.
The VOSA/DVA has only the power to discipline the station
involved and cannot pursue compensation of any kind for the
complainant; that is the responsibility of Trading Standards.
An MOT station cannot be held responsible for defects that
occur to the vehicle several months after the test was conducted.
The appeal process and how to lodge one is outlined on the
reverse of the VT20 pass certificate and the VT30 failure
MOT Failure Certificate
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If you are unhappy with your MOT service
If you are unhappy with the way your test was carried
out please let VOSA know as it helps to know that MOT test
stations are providing a good service. Contact the Area Manager
at your local VOSA office. The address is shown on the Fees
and Appeals poster displayed at your MOT test station or you
can ring VOSA on 0300 123 9000.