Vehicles should receive their first MOT when they reach 3 years of age. If a car is registered with no prior use on the road, the MOT will be required three years after the date of registration. For example, a car registered "from new" on 25th April 2012 will require its MOT no later than 25th April 2015. If a car is used prior to registration, as would be the case with an import, the MOT will be required three years from the end of the year of manufacture. For example, a car manufactured at any time in 2011 will require an MOT no later than 31st December 2014. There is no grace period given after these dates.
LVS Garage Services in Livingston is approved by the government appointed Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and all MOT tests are completed by MOT testers nominated by VOSA.
If your vehicle is 3 years or older, you are required by law to have an MOT test. The purpose of the test is to ensure the vehicle meets the minimum roadworthiness and safety levels required by law.
During the MOT test the nominated tester, a person authorised by the VOSA, will conduct an inspection and a comprehensive series of checks around the vehicle. The result of each check is recorded. If the vehicle passes, a VT20 'pass' certificate is issued. If the vehicle fails to meet the required standard, a VT30 'failure' document is issued.
It is your responsibility to ensure your vehicle is examined every 12 months. Without a current MOT certificate, you will be unable to drive your vehicle lawfully or renew your Road Fund licence. Recent computerisation of the MOT testing system by VOSA means police and mobile camera units can now check remotely to see if your vehicle has a current MOT.