MOT failures

For vehicles first used on or after 01 October 1937

The glass being cracked is not a reason for failure providing there is no possibility of misreading the speedometer, no possibility of the indicator needle being fouled or the cracked glass being a safety hazard.

Will be checked for:

  • Presence
  • Condition
  • Can be illuminated

     

Steering

An electronic steering lock malfunction lock warning must not be indicating a malfunction

  • An electronic power steering malfunction indicator lamp must not be indicating a malfunction


Lights – function indicator

  • 'tell-tale' device does not illuminate when main beam is selected

     

Supplementary Restraint Systems – Warning Indicator 

  • SRS Malfunction Indicator Lamp:
  • Inoperative
  • Indicating malfunction

Brakes – Warning indicators

  • Electronic parking Brake (EPB) warning device must not be indicating a malfunction
  • ESC warning lamp must be present, working and not indicating a fault
  • ESC Switch must not be insecure or faulty
  • A brake fluid warnimg lamp must not be inoperative or illuminated
  • Class (v): Electronic braking system (EBS) warning device must not be inoperative or indicating a fault
  • ABS and ESC components and associated wiring/switch checked for presence and condition

 

Anti-Lock Braking (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Systems – Warning Indicator

Warning Lamp

  • Missing
  • Does not illuminate
  • Indicates a fault
  • (For ABS) does not follow the correct sequence

 

ABS or ESC

  • Switch faulty or insecure

     

Tyres - Warning Indicator

  • A tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) warning lamp must be operative and not indicating a fault in the system

MOT Test of Registration Plates (Number Plates) and VIN*

* Required on all vehicles first used on or after 1st August 1980.
NOTE: Revised Registration Plate Testing and Tow Bar Testing (see below) were effective from April 09.
see current Number Plate Regulationss table below.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

  • VIN number incomplete

Registration Plate

For registered vehicles the registration plate must be:

  • Present
  • Secure
  • Not faded, dirty or obscured
  • Letters and digits must conform to the approved font design with correct spacing
  • Front plates must be black digits on white background, rear must be black on yellow
  • Honeycomb background is not allowed.

Vehicles manufactured before 1 January 1973 may have registration plates displaying white, grey or silver characters on a black background. A three-wheeled vehicle, which has a motorcycle derived front end, does not require a front number plate.

Vehicles manufactured before 1 January 1973 may have registration plates displaying white, grey or silver characters on a black background. Three-dimensional characters are permitted to use grey edging in order to achieve the 3D effect on any age of vehicle. Quadricycles must be fitted with a front number plate.

 

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