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What is a mot certificate

what is a mot certificate

What is the cost of a motorcycle Test?

Current cost to have a bike tested

Motorbike (engine size up to 200 cm3)


Motorbike with sidecar (engine size up to 200 cm3)


Can bike MOT tests be done in the EU?

MOT Tests can only be carried out in the UK which includes Northern Ireland

Are there Free Motorcycle Retests?

Motorcycles are not elegible for free retests but a lot of garages give them

Can you take the MOT Test early?

The mot for cars and motorcycles can be taken at any time but will normally run for 12 months fron the date of the test but if taken the month before it is due will be valid for 13 months

Are motorbike mirrors tested?

Mirrors are not part of the test for a motorcycle

Are indicators part of the test?

Indicators are part of the test on motorbikes except

a machine which:

cannot exceed 30mph / 50kph, or

was first used before 1 August 1986, or

'off road' machines which are designed to carry only the rider.

'off road' machines with side car designed to carry the rider and one passenger in the side car.

What is a Daylight MOT?

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


Stop Lamps

Rear Reflectors

Direction Indicators

What does an MOT not test

What an MOT doesn’t cover

The MOT is not an alternative to properly servicing and maintaining a vehicle and is by no means a 12 month guarantee of the vehicle’s roadworthiness.

It is important to realise that the MOT test does not cover areas of a vehicle’s mechanical condition that are not related to safety or emissions (important features such as the clutch, gearbox and the entire engine are not tested).

Neither does it determine whether or not after market features fitted are legal for use on the public highway, so a vehicle with a recent MOT certificate could still have major mechanical defects or have features which would deem it illegal to be used on the road.

Do all test centres give a free re-test?


Your vehicle may be able to have a partial retest for free or reduced MOT fee in the following cases.

Leaving your vehicle at the test centre

If the vehicle is left at the test centre for repair and retested before the end of 10 working days following the day it originally failed, then only a partial retest is needed. There is no fee.

Bringing your vehicle back to the test centre

Before the end of the next working day

You won’t have to pay again if the vehicle is brought back to the same test centre before the end of the next working day for a partial retest on one or more of the following items only:

• access panels

• battery

• bonnet

• bootlid

• brake pedal antislip

• break glass hammer (Class 5 vehicles only)

• tailgate

• trailer electrical sockets

• towbars (excluding body around anchorage points)

• tyre pressure monitoring system

• vehicle identification number (VIN)

• windscreen and glass

• windscreen wipers

• windscreen washers

• wheels and tyres (excluding motorbikes and motorbikes with sidecar)

Bringing your vehicle back within 10 working days

If the vehicle is removed from the test centre for repair and returned within 10 working days following the day it originally failed, then only a partial retest is needed. In this case a partial retest fee may be charged.

In all other cases, you’ll need to get a full retest and pay the full MOT test fee again.

Is my vehicle exempt from an MOT?

MOT Exemption – pre 1960 vehicles

From 30 September 2013, motor cars, motorcycles and light goods vehicles manufactured or registered before 1960 will be exempt from the mandatory MOT test.

DVA and the DVLA will continue to offer tests on a voluntary basis, but only at the request of the vehicle owner. It is anticipated that the bulk of voluntary tests will be from vehicles intended for Cherished Transfers as the registration transfer scheme still requires a test certificate.

The vehicle inspection process has not changed, and any pre 1960 vehicle booked for testing will continue to be inspected in the normal way, MOT reminders for these vehicles will no longer be sent out automatically.

Can I drive a vehicle without an mot

You may drive without a test certificate when

• travelling to a test station for a test booked in advance

• driving from a test centre to a place of repair when a vehicle has failed the test

• driving the vehicle to or away from a place where, by previous arrangement, repairs are to be made or have been made to fix the problems that caused the vehicle to fail its test Even in these circumstances, you may still be prosecuted for driving an unroadworthy vehicle if it doesn’t comply with various regulations affecting its construction and use. Your insurance may not be valid if your vehicle doesn’t have a valid test certificate.

Do test stations have the discretion to pass historic American vehicles?

No - They do not! American imports often have ‘dual function’ lamps, where the indicators may be incorporated with the position lamps or stop lamps. This aspect of the test is covered in Inspection Manual (IM), under Section 1.4 (Direction Indicators and Hazard Warning Lamps) and 1.2 (Stop Lamps).

Section 1.4 states that “Vehicles first used before 1 September 1965 may have direction indicators incorporated with stop lamps, or combined with front or rear position lamps, in which case front indicators may be white and rear indicators red.”

Due to the age of the vehicle in question, it will fail the test unless the rear indicators are converted to amber. The legislative basis for this requirement is contained in the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 (amended).

This is not the first time that our attention has been directed to red rear indicators on post-1965 American vehicles with a clear MOT test history. As we don’t know what condition this vehicle was presented in previously, there’s no telling whether

a tester has missed anything – but two wrongs don’t make a right – the presenter has been lucky in previous years but will have to accept that these will fail the MOT test in future.

American vehicles with red rear indicators, while not a common sight on British roads, are widespread enough that any tester not familiar with the requirements for direction indicators should be advised – there is no exemption for any vehicle to have red rear indicators if it was first used on or after 1 September 1965.

What are the most common causes for failing an mot?

Department for Tranport statistics

Transport Statistics Great Britain

Road vehicle testing scheme (MOT): percentage of test s with one or more Fail or PRS 1 type RfRs 2 in defect group: 2007/08 to 2012/13

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