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MOT while abroad
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The MOT on my Campervan runs out soon but I am in France and I`m not coming back to the UK until July 2015. Can I get the French equivelant for the MOT in France ? Would the French MOT certificate be valid in other EU countries? Could I get the van registered in France ? But for that I would need an address in France?n Thanks Sam Name: Sam Green
Town: Issoire
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If your vehicle was registered in France you could have the French equivalent test and it would be valid in the EU but UK MOTs can only be obtained in the UK you can book a MOT Test on your arrival day in the UK and are allowed to travel to have it Answered: MOTUK.com
MOT Check
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my mot runs out in May. Iím working abroad from February to July.

Can i get it done now ( i expect it to then run for the one year from now).

Iíll be 700 miles from uk but coming back in july.
Name: Daz
Town: Hull
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Yes if you have your MOT Check now will run for the following 12 months Answered: MOTUK.com
Mirrors Cracked
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My wind mirror screen as cracked on the passages side will this fail my mot? Name: John
Town: Nottingham
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Providing you have a view of the rear from your other mirrors you will pass cracked mirror not a reason for fail unless it is the only mirror on the vehicle and impairs the rear view Answered: MOTUK.com
N I MOT Test
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Can i convert a northern irish mot to a mainland england mot? Name: luke
Town: livingstone
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The Northern Ireland MOT is valid on the mainland you do not have to do anything Answered: MOTUK.com
Body damage
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The passenger front wing of my car is damaged, will it pass an MOT? Name: Lauri Callaghan
Town: Horsham
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Providing that the damage does not pose a risk to anybody coming into contact with it you will pass Answered: MOTUK.com
Mirrors
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My driver side mirror has had the casing smashed off and the mirror has 5 cracks but is still useable. Will this fail an MOT? Thanks Name: Rob
Town: Reading
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AS long as the casing doe not pose and danger to pedestrians and you have a view of the rear you will pass Answered: MOTUK.com
Wing mirror
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the housing on my drivers side wing mirror has been smashed off but the light and mirror still work will this fail an MOT please Name: Judith Morland
Town: Butterknowle
A
As long as there are no ragged bits that could cause injury to passers by then you will pass Answered: MOTUK.com
Botched MOT
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My friends boyfriend tuk my car 2 fix it thought it wud b ok 2 trust him giv him money 2 fix and mot he didnt fix and ripped me off he tuk it 4 mot but never tuk it bk but said it woz how do i find out wer he tuk it an can i get him dun Name: Tina wilde
Town: Ellesmere port
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If the mechanic worked at a garage you can complain to the DVLA but if he was just doing it in his own time you have little or no come back Answered: MOTUK.com
Lost MOT docs
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I have lost all my M O T documents Name: D Brooksbank
Town: Corbridge
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Replacement can be purchased at any MOT Centre for £10 Answered: MOTUK.com
12 month MOT
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I have just bought a Toyota Rav4 the MOT expires in July í15 I shall only be driving this car for 6 months until April í15 then making it SORN. I shall be driving another vehicle for the next 6 months. Before I make the Toyota SORN in April can I take if for a MOT in April although I will still have an in-date mot certificate that runs out in July?
Look forward to a reply
Name: Sharon
Town: Beeston
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Yes an MOT Test can be taken at any time and is valid if passed for 12 months Answered: MOTUK.com
Gearbox
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what type of gearbox would be fitted with a syncromesh gear Name: d mander
Town: newbury
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Most manual production cars have synchronized gears for a full explanation post link in address bar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manual_transmission Answered: MOTUK.com
Steering Lock
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My bike was Stolen and ripped out the barrel and steering lock I can still start it by the ignition switch with a screwdriver I have the parts to go just havenít had time as I got it yesterday evening and the mot is tomorrow will it fail the mot because of that like I said it can still be started Name: Alex
Town: Bristol
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As long as the bike can be started it can be tested Answered: MOTUK.com
Vehicle Approval
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My Trike project based on the VW Beetle.
What I need to register.
† how to register? I do not have v5. Parts for my Project I bought on ebay. My project is ready, the next steps I need to do?
Name: lee
Town: Oxford
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The link will take you to where you can get all the information you require for a single vehicle registration https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-approval/single-vehicle-approval Answered: MOTUK.com
Rear Lights
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I have Volvo s60 57reg and Iím thinking to custom my rear lamps to look like modern Volvoís using flexible led drl lights. Will they pass an MOT if they will be proffessionally redisigned? Name: Patrick
Town: Livrpool
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The manual states Two rear position lamps must be fitted, one on each side, showing a steady red light to the rear providing they are of similar brightness to your current lights it will pass Answered: MOTUK.com
Rear Brake Light
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My rear break light has a hole in the plastic would putting the red tape you can buy pass an mot? Name: davey
Town: Taunton
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The manual states An effective proprietary repair (e.g. lens repair tape etc.) must be assessed on its merits, considering security, colour, light output and durability.which means that you can use a repair tape and providing it does not dim the light it will pass Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
if you have a car motd before the old one expires and it fails can you still drive it till the old one expires? Name: lionel
Town: dartford
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Yes you can still drive on the old mot but if your car is not deemed roadworthy the police can take action if you are involved in an incident Answered: MOTUK.com
Retest
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Can an MOT retest be carried out at another centre Name: J Jones
Town: Scarborough
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Yes but you will have to pay the full test fee Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
Hi,I brought my british number plate car over to Italy last November (2013) Tax and MOT ran out 01/10/2014, iím booked on a car ferry the 01/12/2014 to take it for its MOT. Am I ok between now and then.? Name: Joanne
Town: Varese
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providing you can prove that you are on your way to a pre booked MOT Test once you arrive in the UK then you have no problem there as regards to the driving in France and Italy it would appear as long as the car is roadworthy you should be OK the mot is not a standard test Answered: MOTUK.com
Indicators
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My scooter has only got rear indicators which both work. Will it fail itís MOT because it doesnít have any indicators fitted on the front? Name: Karl
Town: Loughborough
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If the scooter was only manufactured with the rear indicators it will pass Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
Hi, Iím in the process of making a pit bike road legal (offroad bike) and Iím just wondering if I need to fit indicators for when I get it registered. Iíve read that itís fine as long as itís an offroad bike, but then it would only pass a "daylight MOT" and Iíd have to remove or tape over the front/rear lights or something and that I could ride the bike on the road just as long as itís in daylight and no at night, is this true?? Name: Ben
Town: Leeds
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your bike has to have all lights or no lights, and it doesnt need a horn, mirrors or indicators either for a daylight mot. but it does need a full size number plate Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
I have bought a vehicle with an MOT certificate expiring in March 2015. However, the vehicle registration, which was a Statutory Off the Road Number (SORN), is to be changed to the original vehicle number. Do I need another MOT to reflect the vehicle number? Name: Stephen
Town: Chingford
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No contact the DVSA Telephone: 0300 123 9000 Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 6pm and they will sort it out Answered: MOTUK.com
when is my mot due
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how can I find out when my mot is due Name: christinedickson
Town: glasgow
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You can check the MOT due date on the old certificate. If the vehicle is under 3 years old it is on the 3rd year from the date of the 1st registration.(found on your log book) If you do not have a revious MOT you can check online with a few vehicle details - https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-status-vehicle Answered: MOTUK.com
Ireland Mot
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I am currently in Ireland visiting relations and I have noticed that my MOT is out by 2 weeks. Can I get the car MOT done here in Ireland or do I need to take it back to the UK? and if yes is there an issue once I get off the boat in the UK driving it on public roads to test centre. Name: Philip Cormack
Town: Hook Norton
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You can only get an MOT in the UK that includes Northern Ireland you can drive on the mainland to a test centre if you have booked a test Answered: MOTUK.com
Parking light
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does park light on motorcycle have to work to pass mot Name: paul
Town: durham
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any light that is fitted will be tested but having a parking light is not part of the test Answered: MOTUK.com
Badly distorted rim
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Would you explain the term badly distorted rim Name: Neil Clark
Town: Nuneaton
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Here is a quote from a tester My standards for wheel distortion are does the tyre tread visibly go up and down when rotated and Can the tread be seen to weave when viewed from the front and the wheel rotated If the answer to either of these is yes then either the wheel or the tyre is distorted. If the base of the bead is visible thats enough for me to fail it. at the end of the day it is a personal judgement of the tester you must also remember it may be on the inside of the wheel that can be the problem so although you may not see the problem the tester may Answered: MOTUK.com
non standard exhaust
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hi, iím taking bike for an mot and i has a none standard race exhaust fitted wil it pass an mot with this fitted or will the original have to be refitted Name: calvin cooper
Town: swansea
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As long as the tester does not think it too noisy it will pass Answered: MOTUK.com
Bike indicators
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my motorbike does not have indicators its a 1979 model does it need them Name: tony
Town: edinburgh
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If the bike was not fitted with them when new then they are not tested Answered: MOTUK.com
Daylight MOT stop light
Q
Do you require a rear brake light if you only have a daylight mot?

I have just received a £50 ticket from a policeman for not having one.
Name: Stuart
Town: Waltham Abbey
A
There is a link to the MOT manual at the end of statement which will take you to the page with it on Stop lamps are not required to be fitted to vehicles used only during the hours of daylight, which are fitted with neither front nor rear position lamps, etc. (See 1.1.A). http://www.ukmot.com/mot%20manual/index.asp?MOT=Stop Lamps&MOT_Number=1.2&MOT_Section=lights Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
I have a 2011 bike that was first registered in Germany.. (06/09/11), it was first registered in uk in May 2012.
am I right to think the MOT is not due until Dec 2014 as this is the end of the 3rd year after manufacture?
Name: Dave
Town: Crowborough
A
The bike requires to have an mot 3 years after its first registration which if the 06/09/11 will be on the 06/09/14 not December Answered: MOTUK.com
online mot check
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Bought a car from a garage didnít give me the m o t , how can I check they are legal Name: M Richardson
Town: Leeds
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copy and paste this address in the address bar https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-status Answered: MOTUK.com
MOT while abroad
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can i mot my car whilst abroad Name: jeff ford
Town: guildford
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If you are taking your car with you the answer is no you can arrange to have it tested the day you return but it must be pre booked or you can have it tested early but it only runs for 12 months from the date of the test unless it is in the month before the test is due then it will be valid for 13 months Answered: MOTUK.com
Motorbike ABS
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Does the ABS have to work on a motorcycle? Is it tested. Name: Peter
Town: Ashton under Lyne
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Yes the bike will fail the mot if the ABS is not working Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
My sons car passed itís MOT and a month after the brakes failed whilst driving down a country lane and one of the brake disc pads came flying of.
What rights does my son have and what legal obligation does the MOT place have for not spotting that the brakes were very dangerous?
Name: Jance
Town: St Leonardís on Sea
A
The MOT Tester would only have checked the condition of the brakes on the day and if he thought they were safe at that time would have passed them if he thought that there would have been a problem with the brakes in the near future he would have issued an advisory if a month later the brakes failed this might not have been obvious at the time of the test Answered: MOTUK.com
early MOT Test
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My mot runs out on the 30 September 2014. It says the earliest date I can get it done is 1 September 2014. But I am a teacher and need my car for work. Can I get it done in the last week of august? Thanks Name: Sara
Town: Rotherham
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Yes you can have your car tested at any time but it will only be valid for 12 months from the date of the test the exception is if you renew your MOT up to 1 month before it expires your MOT will last for up to 13 months Answered: MOTUK.com
motorcycle sidelights
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Does a motorcycle need sidelights. My side lights are now perfectly working indicators with amber bulbs, will my bike pass MOT..
Thanks
Name: Ben
Town: Southampton
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Sidelights are not part of the test but if fitted will be tested if they have been converted into working indicators you should pass Answered: MOTUK.com
rear light
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My partner has a bandit 1200 it has just failed itís MOT due to the rear headlight being a LED style with the indicators included on the main unit. If the main light is switched on and the indicator is activated it does dull the red beam but half still stays illuminated once indicator is switched off the red beam is restored straight away. Is this correct in it failing as the light also specifies it is road legal.

Kind regards

Donna
Name: Donna
Town: Biggleswade
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Reason for rejection. A lamp which is adversely affected by the operation of another lamp is cause for rejection hence the failure the fact that switching on the main beam causes the red lamp to dull is the problem Answered: MOTUK.com
Bike registration Plates
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Thanks for the very informative page on motorcycle registration plates. You have some examples on the bottom of minimum sized plated based on lettering. All the plates are quoted as being 180mm high however going by your specifications the minimum height should be 11 + 64 + 13 + 64 + 11 equalling 163mm.

Can you clarify this is actually recorded wrong on the page because I see nothing in current legislation to suggest the plate needs to be 180mm tall.

Thanks in Advance
Name: Matt
Town: Whitehaven
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Tricycles made from four-wheeled bodies, such as saloon cars and quad bikes, must meet the normal requirements on page 9. Tricycles built from motorcycles must meet the rules for motorcycles shown below. Characters must be 64mm tall Characters (except the number 1 or letter I) must be 44mm wide The character stroke (the thickness of the black print) must be 10mm The space between characters must be 10mm The space between the age identifier and the random letters must be 30mm The margins at the top, bottom and side of the plate must be at least 11mm Vertical space between the age identifier and the random numbers must be 13mm Answered: MOTUK.com
bike ignition
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I snapped my key in my bike ignition and have had to cut the top of it still works but I was wondering if it will fail mot Name: Dylan
Town: Carmarthenshire
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Providing it starts without a lot of trouble you should pass Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
my car failed its mot as the offside mirror is loose. can i secure it with duck tape Name: lily
Town: essex
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Most Testers will accept it providing it is done well there may be the odd one who might give you a hard time if in doubt it is worth ringing around a few mot test centres to see what their policy is Answered: MOTUK.com
Motorcycle indicators
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Hi, does a Q plate motorbike need indicators to pass an MOT? It has never had them but I donít wont a daytime MOT. Name: Alan
Town: Blackpool
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Indicators must be fitted to a motorcycle and emit only orange light They must flash on and off, not just dim and brighten They must flash between 60 and 120 times per minute They must be visible when riding or have a functioning idiot light They must be securely fitted and so must the switch They must not be adversely affected by the operation of another lamp or the horn Bikes which cannot exceed 30mph or off-road bikes designed to carry just the rider do not need indicators Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
Does a 62 registrtion require and MOT test yet Name: John
Town: London
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The 62 registration is Vehicle registration from September 2012 to February 2013 which means the test should be taken between September 2015 to February 2016 Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
On expiry date does MOT expire at midnight or first thing in the morning please? Name: Gina
Town: Watton
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The MOT expires at midnight Answered: MOTUK.com
Northern Ireland MOT Certificate
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Is my Northern Ireland mot valid in uk Name: Sami
Town: Glasgow
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The Northern Ireland MOT Certificate is valid in the whole of the UK Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
hi my car failed its mot so I had it booked into my local garage for the repairs to be done but on the way to garage I crashed and my cars been wrote off.my insurance want my mot and log book but I only have the mot saying it failed because I didnít get to garage. please help if anyone knows were I stand thank you Name: cassie
Town: cramlington
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If the reason your car failed its MOT was for a minor fault that did not make it un roadworthy or dangerous to drive you should have no problem if not you need to see a solicitor Answered: MOTUK.com
Bare Wire
Q
My car failed mot they said I had a bare wire is it ok to simply tape the wire up to pass Name: Clint
Town: Plymouth
A
The best way is to use a heat shrink sleeve these usually cost under a pound and are acceptable you tube has a video on fitting Answered: MOTUK.com
Sunday Mot Testing
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Can you get a mot on a sunday Name: Brian
Town: Wembley
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You can get a Sunday MOT Test a lot of Quick Fit testing centres are open 10am till 4pm there are probably others in your area also Answered: MOTUK.com
Mirrors
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Is it a legal requirment to have wing mirrors on a motorbike Name: dave
Town: manchester
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Motorcycle mirrors are not a part of the mot test Answered: MOTUK.com
Motorcycle registration plate light
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does a motorcycle require a white light as part of the tail light over reg plate for mot Name: kyle
Town: newry
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The registration plate light is not tested for the MOT Test but if the bike is used after lighting up time it is illegal not having one Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
My car had an advisory on insecure headlights but I did not get to have it repaired. It passed MOT despite that at the same main dealer. Do I still have to repair, the light is tightly fixed at the top but can be pushed slightly at the bottom. Name: Tina
Town: Ashford
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An advisory notice means that in the opinion of the tester that the component is likely to deteriorate but at the time of the test it was ok a good description of an advisory is that if your tyres were legal but only had enough tread for 3000 more miles before they would fail then the tester normally would give you an advisory notice Answered: MOTUK.com
DVSA address
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Where should I send a completed form appealing a mot failure.my thanks Name: Easterbrook
Town: Luton
A
your form can be sent to Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), Berkeley House, Croydon Street, Bristol BS5 0DA best wishes Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
Whatís the best way to find out if your mot has run out Name: mal
Town: liverpool
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Paste the following link in the address bar https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-status Answered: MOTUK.com
out of date MOT test certificate
Q
I am a week over due to get a mot will i get fined.
Name: mina
Town: Birmingham
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only if you are caught driving your car by police or transport authorities Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
I have a ford focus 60 plate and my mot was meant to be done on the 29/11/13 but it had its first mot done on the 17/08/13 was that ok for it to be done on that date I brought the car from a dealer Name: PAUL EYLES
Town: Romford Essex
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Dealers often have the MOT Test done early as a selling feature so that the buyer is confident that the car is roadworthy at time of purchase Answered: MOTUK.com
Early MOT test
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I have a vehicle that requires itsífirst mot in May 2015. I shall not be here so I would like to have it tested between Dec 2014 & Feb 2015 is this ok. Name: edmund white
Town: basingstoke
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Yes you can have it tested early but if is more than a month it is only valid for twelve months from the date of the test Answered: MOTUK.com
Early MOT test
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Can I get an mot prior to expiry Name: Alan Bremner
Town: Thurso
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Yes you can have it tested early but if is more than a month it is only valid for twelve months from the date of the test Answered: MOTUK.com
Bike test date
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what year will i have to mot my motorbike for the first time registered on 1 6 2012 Name: Carl Lewis
Town: Liverpool
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You will have to have it tested on or before the 1 6 2015 Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
do wheel bearings fail on mot Name: mick
Town: notts
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The Test and the reason for failure so depends on the tester how bad they are if not dangerous an advisory notice will be given Inspection Rotate each wheel in turn and listen for. any sound indicating roughness in the bearing Failure Excessive roughness in a near wheel bearing Answered: MOTUK.com
Testing Saturday
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can you have an mot done on a saturday Name: bob
Town: newcastle
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Yes Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
lost mot certificate garage that did it is now out of buisness where can i get a duplicate? Name: aileen e
Town: chilton
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Any MOT Centre can supply you with a duplicate copy which will cost you £10 Answered: MOTUK.com
Mudguards mot
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Does my motorcycle need to have mudguards fitted to pass its M.O.T. test ?
Name: kk
Town: kk
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Mudguards are not part of the MOT Test but if fitted have to be secure and not interfere with the front wheel mudguards are required to make the bike road legal and if the bike is used on public roads without a front mudguard you could have a legal problem if stopped by the police Answered: MOTUK.com
Documents
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What documents do I have to bring? Name: Samuel Bolton
Town: Coleraine
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You only have to turn up with the vehicle Answered: MOTUK.com
lapsed MOT
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Good morning, I currently have a UK registered car in Italy and the MOT is due to expire in less than 30 days. Unfortunately, due to repairs on the vehicle I cannot return to the UK until September. If I obtained an Italian MOT now, would I then be able to Pre-book an MOT in the uk and drive straight there upon arrival (3 months after expiry)? Name: James
Town: Telford
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Yes that is no problem Answered: MOTUK.com
Early MOT Test
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Iím going to spend the next 6 months in Portugal but my MOT expires this September. Can I get it MOTíd now (May)? Name: Steve
Town: Swansea
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Yes but it will only last 12 months and will have to be renewed in May next year Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
does the kill switch need to work for the mot Name: ralph
Town: telford
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No it is not part of the test Answered: MOTUK.com
Bulb
Q
front offside position lamp obscured more than 50% does this mean bulb needs replacing Name: barry
Town: manchester
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If the light from the offside light does not match the light on the nearside light the tester will normally fail you it is at the testers discretion whether to pass or fail you on this issue Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
Do I have to be able to stop the engine by key?
My ignition is broken, but as it is a geared scooter I can stall at a standstill, is this acceptable or would it be failed?
Name: Darren
Town: Basingstoke
A
I think this mainly depends on the tester ignition is not part of the test but the engine must be running to check the silencer a quick call to a testing centre will give you the answer Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
my bike is 26 years old,dose it still need an m,o,t Name: hippy
Town: hook
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yes the age is not relevant Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
Does my bike have to be running to get an mot Name: mark
Town: crediton
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One of the components that can be tested only when the bike is running is the silencer which is checked for noise level Answered: MOTUK.com
Rear Mudguard
Q
I am renovating a 1979 Moto guzzi. It is currently sorn. Is it necessary to have a rear mudguard for the mot ? Name: Len Verrall
Town: Lincoln
A
Rear Mudguard is not part of the test Answered: MOTUK.com
SVA certificate
Q
I have a custom built motorcycle which passed the SVA approval test. The SVA certificate was retained by the Vehicle Licensing Authority at the time of first registration. Can i obtain a copy of this certificate to prove this to prospective buyers in case I ever wish to sell the bike? Name: Phil
Town: Bangor
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You will be able to get a copy from SVA Section, VOSA, 9192 The Strand, Swansea, SA1 2DH. National Number 0870 60 60 440 there may be a charge for it Answered: MOTUK.com
Wing Mirrors
Q
I have a drivers wing mirror and an internal rear view one. The passenger side wing mirror is broken, am I still legal? Name: Sue
Town: Bournemouth
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Yes you are legal providing there are projections that could injure a passer-by and you will also pass the mot test Answered: MOTUK.com
Wing Mirrors
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Does faulty wing Mirror fail the MOT Name: Bawa
Town: Greenford
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As long as you have a clear rear view with the remaining mirrors you will pass Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
does my motorcycle need an mot it was made in 1949 Name: seddon
Town: southport
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All Bikes that are going to be used on the public roads must be MOT tested Answered: MOTUK.com
MOT run out
Q
My mot ran out yesterday, test is booked for next fri can I still drive my car Name: Andrea
Town: Co down
A
Yes but providing it is roadworthy BUT if stopped by the police who can check instantly whether you have a current MOT you will get a hefty £100 fine Answered: MOTUK.com
Driving after failing MOT
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I live in Northern Ireland. I cannot get an MOT test until after my due date. if it fails will i be able to drive it home ? Name: Robert
Town: Bangor
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You are allowed to drive it for repairs providing it is roadworthy if the failure is because the car is not roadworthy then your insurance and police could cause you problems a replacement side indicator would not make the car unroadworthy Answered: MOTUK.com
old tyres
Q

Hello,

Why is the age of a motorcycle tyre not taken into consideration at MOT time?

I have just enquired about a motorcycle for sale, built in 1998 but that has been in storage for 10 years from around 2003. The mileage is 2600, therefore the visible wear is minimal.
The tyres are dated from the year of manufacture and are therefore around 16 years old.
The manufactures give a usable age that is no longer than 10 years, usually more like 5 as the rubber deteriorates over time.
The seller is offering the motorcycle with a current MOT certificate!

Surely this is a gap in the testing criteria that needs attention?

The age of the brake fluid is very likely to be of the same vintage as there is no service record.

Please advise.
p.a.f.evans@btinternet.com

Name: Peter Evans
Town: Manchester
A
The age of all tyres should be taken into consideration but unfortunately a visual check is standard older tyres are dangerous and it is only a matter of time before it the date check enters the manual as for brake fluid or power steering we can assume the cost of testing equipment would push up the cost of the mot Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
the third gear on my friends motorbike is not working, is this essential for passing its M.O.T. Name: mandy
Town: Bristol
A
The engine and gear box are not part of the test and the bike is not road tested so the bike will pass Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
We have these thing things on our mot advisory, slight play in both front roll bar link arm bottom bushes, and slight play in o/s/f upper suspension ball joint are these failures Name: clarelouise
Town: norwich
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No this is the tester telling you that they are within the limits for passing the test but will need attention in the near future similar to advising that your tyres just pass but will need replacing in a couple thousand miles Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
does a motorcycle speedo have to read both mph and kmh Name: jim wilson
Town: newtownards
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not part of the test Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
My motorcycle KILL SWITCH cuts off the engine, but bike is difficult to start again. Is this an MOT fail? Name: Ray
Town: Aberdeenshire
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The kill switch is not part of the test Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
Does my vespa scooter require a spare wheel to pass MOT Name: Rob
Town: Torquay
A
No spare wheel not part of the test Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
I have a 1954 vespa scooter is this now exempt from taking an mot Name: terry kaiser
Town: northampton
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If you are going to use it on public roads it has to have a current MOT Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
For a motorcycle mot, does the horn HAVE to be electrically operated? Name: Rick
Town: Lincoln
A
Changes to the law now mean the rubber bulb horn is unacceptable except on a motorcycle first used before 1 August 1973 Answered: MOTUK.com
Q
Hy! I removed the upper and middle cowls of my bike, and changed the speedometer and the double headlights to a simple one from an another bike. Will it fail my MOT? Name: Attila
Town: London
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Providing the replacement head lamp is correctly aligned and gives adequate light and the speedo works you the bike will pass Answered: MOTUK.com
MOT and Insurance
Q
do i need my bike to pass the MOT before i can renew my insurance? i never received renewal notice and missed insurance by 2 days? Name: jane stacey
Town: london
A
No the insurance does not need an MOT certificate. You will need the MOT done if you need to TAX the vehicle Answered: MOTUK.com
No Cat
Q
my bike has no catalictic converter will it pass or fail Name: martin
Town: mildenhall
A
If the vehicle was fitted with one originally then yes it will fail. It will also have to pass the emissions test Answered: MOTUK.com
No MOT
Q
my motorbike is sorned and my mot has ran out but it is insured is my bike still covered by insurance Name: steve
Town: corby
A
As long as the bike is not being driven then the insurance will over the vehicle Answered: MOTUK.com
Motorbike chain
Q
do I need a front mud guard and chain guard to pass an MOT Name: Gareth
Town: Porthcawl
A
The items are not tested on the MOT test. As long as the bike is deemed safe by the tester then it will pass on these points Answered: MOTUK.com
First MOT
Q
AT WHAT AGE OF MOTORCYCLE DO I NOT NEED AND MOT Name: ALAN MASSAY
Town: STOCKTON
A
The first MOT must be completed on or before the 3rd year of the bikes first registration. So if this was registered in Feb 2010 then test will need to be completed in Feb 2013 Answered: MOTUK.com
Motorbike Reflectors
Q
I know there must be a red reflector on the rear of the bike is it ok to attach it to the number plate? Name: Sean
Town: Banff
A
As long as it is not interfering or obscuring the view of numbers or the plates then this will be fine Answered: MOTUK.com
Motorbike MOT
Q
i have a motorbike with no mot, it has been of the road for 14 years. i dont ride a bike how do i get it mot Name: bev
Town: new romney
A
You would have to get the bike road legal and then take it to a MOT test centre and they will test the vehicle Answered: MOTUK.com
Daylight MOT
Q
what does my bike need for a day time mot.as my bike has no lights Name: neil
Town: newport
A
A daylight MOT would require a motorbike to have a horn and a rear registration plate.

The testing guidelines state that motorbikes can be exempt from having lamps tested if they meet the following criteria:-

machines which have neither front nor rear position lamps, or have such lamps permanently disconnected, painted over or masked that are:-
only used in daylight hours
not used in times of serious reduced visibility

The following items/lamps are not required to be tested in order for a MOT to pass a daylight MOT test as long as they meet the criteria above.

Front and Rear position lamps
Headlamps
Stop Lamps
Rear Reflectors
Direction Indicators
Answered: MOTUK.com
Stickers
Q
a have a number 7 on the front and both sides at back of my bike ,are they illegal to have on or is it just frowned upon by the police. Name: daz
Town: wakefield
A
No this will not fail an MOT test. As long as the stickers are not causing obstructions to anything, lights tec, it will pass Answered: MOTUK.com
Due Date
Q
How do I know what month itís due ? Name: Sarah
Town: Billericay
A
The first MOT is due on the month that is on the registration document. If your vehicle is older than this it is on the old certificate. You can also check online at https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-status-vehicle Answered: MOTUK.com
MOT Expiry
Q
how long is an M.O.T valid for? Name: will page
Town: westcliff
A
The MOT is valid for 12 months from when the certificate is issued Answered: MOTUK.com
Lost MOT
Q
hello there,i bought my bike on ebay by the time all paper work come with,but now i lost my certificate and i dont now were the last owner did the mot,i have to do another mot test? Name: santos
Town: london
A
if you have lost or not got an MOT and you have the registration documents you can check the current status online - Visit -https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-status-vehicle Answered: MOTUK.com
No MOT
Q
my bike mot has ran out can i still ride it to the mot place
Name: kyle
Town: hereford
A
As long as you book into the MOT test centre and drive directly there you should not have a problem Answered: MOTUK.com
MOT Error
Q
I have recently bought a bike with a fesh MOT. A few days after, I checked the documents and noticed the mileage was incorrect on the certificate. They had the kilometre reading as miles.
I have tried a few times to get the MOT station to send a replacement certificate, but no joy. Is there anything else I can do to get it corrected?
Name: Russ
Town: Newcastle
A
There is no need to change the mileage. It will be clarified on the next test for the correct mileage. It is just a record and you will be able to trell it was off from the new and old certificate Answered: MOTUK.com
No MOT
Q
If my mot runs out and the bike is still insured can i ride it to the MOT centre to get the mot, Name: Ian
Town: Leeds
A
As long as it is getting driven to the MOT centre to a pre-booked MOT Answered: MOTUK.com
Frosted Headlamp
Q
Is a motorcycle headlight fitted with frosted glass rather than a clear lens permissible? Name: Paul
Town: Glasgow
A
As long as it does not affect the effectivenes of the light, and does not dull the light in anyway Answered: MOTUK.com
Duplicate Certificate
Q
i have lost my MOT test certificate. Can you please tell me how i go about getting a duplicate? thankyou. Name: James
Town: Sleaford
A
To get a duplicate certificate you will have to visit the carage it was tested at, they will issue you a new one. This usually costs £10 Answered: MOTUK.com
Speedo
Q
Does the speedo have to work to pass the MOT please Name: Tom
Town: Cardiff
A
Yes your speedo must be complete, and working Answered: MOTUK.com
European test
Q
Hello, I am currently touring Europe on my motorcycle. The bike is coming up to 3 years old. As it is not possible to get the bike back to the UK for some time, can I take a test in a European country? Will it be valid in the UK? Name: KMc
Town: London
A
No the European Test is not valid in the UK. This has to completed by a MOT tester in the UK Answered: MOTUK.com
Failed MOT
Q
My MOT runs out on 26th June 2012 being tested today 20th June 2012, if it fails can i still legally drive it? Mny thanks Name: Gail
Town: Perth
A
Yes you will still be able to drive the vehicle on the Old MOT untill it expires on the 26th Answered: MOTUK.com
Indicator Lights
Q
Has indicator light have to be yellow Name: allan
Town: greenock
A
Yes they have to flash oragne Answered: MOTUK.com
Lost Certificate
Q
I have lost my mot how do I get a copy Name: victoria parsons
Town: newport qwent
A
You can get a replacement from the garage you got it completed. This is at a usual charge of £10 Answered: MOTUK.com
Motorbike MOT
Q
Does a motorbike have to be running to pass an MOT test or, if my motorbike refuses to start will it fail an MOT test? Name: David
Town: Bangor
A
Yes it has to be a running motorcycle. They will not be able to test emmissions Answered: MOTUK.com
NO MOT
Q
my motorcycle mot and insurance has run out and itís on SORN notification.Is it legal to ride my motor cycle. to a mot test center. Name: crouching rabbit
Town: castleford
A
No you can not ride the bike. It will have to be towed as it has no insurance Answered: MOTUK.com
Scratched Bodywork
Q
my scooterís bodywork is all scratched will it fail its mot? Name: mat
Town: neath
A
No scratched bodywork will fail an MOT Answered: MOTUK.com
Lost MOT
Q
I have lost my M O T! how do I replace. Name: J K Byrne
Town: Liverpool
A
You can get a replacement MOT from the garage that you had it tested at. This will cost you £10 Answered: MOTUK.com
Days of Grace
Q
DO I HAVE ANY DAYS OF GRACE AFTER MY MOT HAS EXPIRED Name: BRIAN
Town: CHINGFORD
A
There are no days grace anymore. It has to be completed on or before the date on the MOT Answered: MOTUK.com
MOT Dates
Q
I have a 2011 plat motorbike. when does it need a mot please help Name: katie
Town: tisbury
A
Three years from the first registration of the vehicle. This will be around 2013 depending on the regestration date Answered: MOTUK.com
Removed Motorbike Lights
Q
Must a motorcycle have indicators to pass an MOT, if the bike was originally manufactured in 2006 and the indicators have been removed? Name: Dominic Tee
Town: Southampton
A
If the vehicle was manufactured with indicators it must have them for the MOT. They can not be removed or it will fail Answered: MOTUK.com
Early MOT
Q
My MOT is due on the 13/6/2012. Can I take the test today?
Name: sunny
Town: bangor
A
Yes you can, you can take it anytime in the year. But the MOT will only run from 12 months from the date on the MOT is completed. Answered: MOTUK.com
MOT Database
Q
How long after MOT does the database take to update. Name: George
Town: Alloa
A
As the database is central it is updated almost instantly Answered: MOTUK.com
Failed MOT early
Q
If I take my car for an MOT 1 month before it expires, and it fails, is the old MOT certificate still valid? I wouldnít include tyres in this as it would be illegal to drive on worn tyres.
Thank you.
Name: Mark
Town: Sittingbourne
A
If your vehicle fails its MOT a month early, Yes, you can drive it on the old MOT test certificate untill that expiry date Answered: MOTUK.com
1st MOT
Q
when do new MOT checks come into force? Name: Martin Murphy
Town: Armagh
A
The first test must be carried out on or before the 3rd Anniversary of the vehicle registration Answered: MOTUK.com
Mirrors on Motorcycle Test
Q
Hi, are the mirrors on a motorcycle required during the mot test ? Many thanks Name: stephen
Town: taunton
A
If the vehicle came with mirrors when bought or were present on the original manufacturers specs it must have them Answered: MOTUK.com
Lights on MOT
Q
MY HIGH BEAM WARNING LIGHT DOES NOT WORK , IS THIS AN MOT FAILURE Name: Bry
Town: HULL
A
yes all lights must be working for the MOT. As it is a warning light it will faill as the car is deemed unsafe Answered: MOTUK.com
Copy of Certificate
Q
can i get a copy of my MOT certificate ? I lost my one Name: pepe
Town: london
A
yes you can, you can get a copy from the MOT garage that issued you with it in the first instance. There is normally a charge of £10 Answered: MOTUK.com
MOT expires
Q
MY MOT EXPIRES ON THE 30TH DEC 2011,CAN I DRIVE IT ON THAT DATE ? Name: PAUL
Town: GLOUCESTER
A
yes you can drive the vehicle on that date! up untill midnight! Answered: MOTUK.com
Out of MOT
Q
my mot is 3 months overdue. will my new mot run for 12 months from now? Name: sharpe
Town: nottingham
A
Your MOT will run from 12 months from the date of the MOT even if you are getting it completed late Answered: MOTUK.com
Retest garages
Q
If a car fails the MOT test, does it have to be re-tested at the centre where the original test was done? Name: Kate
Town: Exeter
A
The retest does have to be completed at the same garage - If not you will be charged for the full test again Answered: MOTUK.com
1st Motorbike MOT
Q
Can a first mot for a motorcyle be taken a few weeks before the bikeís third birthday? Name: Paul
Town: Fleet
A
Yes you can take your first MOT any date before the 3rd year of the date it was registered. Then your MOT will run yearly from that point Answered: MOTUK.com
MOT Due Date
Q
MY CAR IS DUE FOR MOT l5th Dec Can this be done beforehand - what is the advice please? Name: Jean
Town: Shipton on Stour
A
Yes you can get your MOT done anytime within the year. Your MOT will be due in 12 Months from the day its completed Answered: MOTUK.com
MOT Due Date
Q
How long does my m.o.t. last for ,i bought the car brand new in july 2009.thanks Name: chris
Town: liverpool
A
The MOT will be due from the date of 1st registration. So it will be due July 2012 Answered: MOTUK.com
Moped speedometer
Q
The speedometer of my moped bike is broken. Is this considered during the MOT test? Will the bike fail the test because of this? Name: Daniele
Town: Grimsby
A
No the speedometer is not part of the MOT test for any vehicles Answered: MOTUK.com
Motorbike MOT Costs
Q
How much is a Motorcycle MOT test? Name: Dennis
Town: Southport
A
The current (29/11/2011) of the motorbike MOT test is £37.80 Answered: MOTUK.com
Previous MOTs
Q
Where could I find out any details about my carís previous MOT? Thank you. Name: Katerina
Town: Leeds
A
With the new MOT Test you can check the history of the MOT online - to do this please visit the direct.gov.uk/mot Answered: MOTUK.com
Use old MOT Test Date? BY KeithIf an MoT test is taen before the previo...If an MoT test is taen before the previous one runs out, does the new MoT run until the expiry of the original?
Failed MOT BY Terrymy mot is un til 9-11-10 but ive put car...my mot is un til 9-11-10 but ive put car in on 26-10-10 and failed can i still drive car until the old one runs out on 9-11-10 or because it failed am i not allowed to drive it from my new test?
Smashed Light BY simonI have a smashed left fog light, can the...I have a smashed left fog light, can the car pass with broken fog lights?
No MOT, Fines?? BY AJRMy MOT has run out and my car failed the...My MOT has run out and my car failed the test. Itís in the garage getting fixed in order to pass. Will I get in trouble for not having a valid MOT, even though itís in the garage?
Power Steering BY MarkMy car has a leaking power steering rack...My car has a leaking power steering rack.  Would that fail MOT?
Reverse Light BY karenMy reversing light is not working but th...My reversing light is not working but the bulb is ok - will this fail on an MOT
Using Car without MOT BY Spencer The m.o.t. on my car ran out on the 16t... The m.o.t. on my car ran out on the 16th october 2010.It failed the m.o.t.  Iíve got the car booked in to a garage on the 20th of october to have the work done to the vehicle. Can i use the car in the meantime?
Refund on MOT BY StephenI have just sent my car for scrap and no...I have just sent my car for scrap and notified DVLA accordingly. Can I get a refund on my MOT fee for the unexpired period it covers (just over 3 months)?
Fines Through post BY Smith do you get an fine threw the post if yo... do you get an fine threw the post if your mot has run out but your car is on a drive
Failed MOT BY AndyHOW LONG CAN I DRIVE MY CAR IF IT HAS FA...HOW LONG CAN I DRIVE MY CAR IF IT HAS FAILED ITS MOT
Spare Tyre BY AnneDoes my spare tyre count...Does my spare tyre count
Retest at another Station BY peterCan I get a retest done at a different t...Can I get a retest done at a different test station?
Motorbike MOT Length BY AndyHow long is a Motorcycle MOT certificate...How long is a Motorcycle MOT certificate valid?
Early MOT Test BY pjHow soon before my current mot expires c...How soon before my current mot expires can I have it re-tested
MOT and TAX BY CarolineMy car will be 3 yrs old in the middle o...My car will be 3 yrs old in the middle of October. Will I need an MOT certificate when I tax it at the end of September?
Brakes Grinding BY Mitchell I have just bought a car that passed it... I have just bought a car that passed its mot on the 9/8/10 with an advisory that the disc were worn. After 20 miles the pads are non exsistant and discs are so worn that I feel the car is dangerous. The brakes grind like mad. Should the car have passed or not.
Airbags Not Working BY Pitmanif drivers airbag not working will vehic...if drivers airbag not working will vehicle fail m.o.t.
Old MOT after Failure BY Carolmy car failed its mot this week on fault...my car failed its mot this week on faulty exhaust bracket i have a mot on the car valid until 20september can i legally drive the car on this mot or does the recent failure override this
Getting MOT Abroard BY wengerI am currently abroad and my MOT is due,...I am currently abroad and my MOT is due, is there a possibility to do the MOT test abroad and/or can I do the MOT test when I am back (approx. 1 month after due date)? Thanks!
Motorbike out of MOT BY Stewartmy motorcycle is out of mot, am i legal ...my motorcycle is out of mot, am i legal to drive the bike down to the testing station or must I take it down on a trailer
Power Steering BY Welshis an inopperable power steering pump a ...is an inopperable power steering pump a failure
MOT Cost too Much BY SuzMy last MOT cost me £125 and all I neede...My last MOT cost me £125 and all I needed were new wiper blades, the rest was the MOT charge and labour.  I donít remember ever having labour charges before, is this normal?
Speedo BY RobertDoes the speedometer come into the test...Does the speedometer come into the test
Portugal MOT BY RobCan I have a british registered car MOTí...Can I have a british registered car MOTíd in Portugal
1st MOT BY peterwhen is my bike eligible for its first m...when is my bike eligible for its first mot it is a 07 plate
Italy MOT BY MicheleIím currently in Italy for a long period...Iím currently in Italy for a long period with my car. Can I take an MOT equivalent here? Or do it remotely maybe? I know thereís something similar which is valid from Spain. Thanks in advance
Non UK MOT BY JenniferCan I have a british registered car MOTí...Can I have a british registered car MOTíd in Portugal
Non UK MOT BY JenniferCan I have a british registered car MOTí...Can I have a british registered car MOTíd in Portugal
Exhaust Emissions BY RenzaHow do I check my exhaust emissions leve...How do I check my exhaust emissions level for my car Renault Megane Coupe 2000?
Garage MOT BY Benive brught a car from a small dealear 2n...ive brught a car from a small dealear 2nd hand his put a yeas mot on it for me can i take it for another mot in another garage to make sure it safe case his mates passed it for him if it fails what can i do about it
No Power steering BY SophieI have a Fiat Punto and a few months ago...I have a Fiat Punto and a few months ago the power steering just stopped working. Does this deem as unsafe? I am due for my MOT and if it will fail due to this, I will seek to fix it before.
No MOT BY Helencan i drive to test station without mot...can i drive to test station without mot
MOT Law BY Antonyhas the law not changed to four years ol...has the law not changed to four years old for a mot
Seat Belts and MOT BY hobdayCan an mot cert. be granted on a car who...Can an mot cert. be granted on a car whose rear set belt cannot be tested due the presence of a child seat?
Old Taxi BY davidI have recently got a new car that waz u...I have recently got a new car that waz used as a taxi and has an up to date PSV as i will not be using the car as a taxi what do i need to do? Thanks for your help.

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