Kissane and Jeffries provide a local, reputable MOT Service for motorists in Wolverhampton West Midlands and surrounding areas. In the EC, any car registered for use on the road and some other public areas must pass some kind of mechanical and emissions test. In the UK this is known as the ‘MOT’, after the now defunct government department, the Ministry of Transport. Cars must be tested after three years (if imported, measured from date of manufacture), and annually after that. There are different rules for taxis.
The MOT scheme’s primary function is as a road safety measure. It ensures that cars, other light vehicles, private buses and motorcycles over three years old are checked at least once a year to check if they comply with key road-worthiness and environmental requirements.
You can take your car for an MOT up to a month before its ultimate renewal date and still preserve its existing date. If your vehicle fails the test and your vehicle still has a current MOT, the expiry date of the old MOT still stands. If then, you drive your car away, you wouldn’t be committing the specific offence of driving a vehicle without a valid MOT. However, it is an offence to drive a vehicle with a known defect and to drive an un-roadworthy vehicle. This means that you can’t simply ignore the test result and continue to drive the car until the old MOT expires. In the event of an accident you may find your insurance cover is invalid. You could also be fined up to £2500, be banned from driving and obtain three penalty-points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.
For class 3, 4, 5 and 7 motor vehicles, the MOT test is carried out in accordance with the criteria set out in the latest edition of the MOT Inspection Manual. If the tested vehicle meets required standards it will be issued a VT20 Pass Certificate. Should it fail, it will receive a VT30 Refusal of an MOT Certificate, in both cases any advisory information will be listed for the owner’s information, such as potential problems not currently severe enough to result in a test failure, or general issues regarding the vehicle being used under normal conditions.
The MOT test is not a substitute for proper and regular servicing and simply passing the test does not mean that your vehicle will remain safe for the following 12 months. The purpose of the MOT test is to ensure the vehicle meets the minimum safety level required by law.
For motorists in Wolverhampton and surrounding areas, Kissane and Jeffries offer discounts for MOT and servicing combined. Call us for further information. Please book early – generally one week in advance will guarantee your preferred appointment.
For further information on the MOT test or to find out if your vehicle currently has a valid MOT check the DVSA web site at: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/OwningAVehicle/Mot/index.htm You will need to know the vehicle registration number and the MOT test number from the most recent ‘certificate’ or test refusal certificate. If you don’t have these you can use the document reference number from the vehicle registration document (V5C). The status check will confirm the date and mileage of the last test and the expiry date, details of previous MOT tests going back to 2005 are also available here.