MOT Test Result | What Happens after Failing an MOT?
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Results after the Test

MOT Results after the Test

Following an inspection the MOT test result confirms whether the vehicle passed or failed. The testing station will give you a list of things to fix if it fails.

PASSING THE MOT: If a vehicle passes the Ministry of Transport test:

  1. You will receive a receipt style MOT test certificate from the testing centre.
  2. The pass status for your vehicle will get recorded in the MOT database.

Vehicle Mileage Reading

The MOT test certificate will show the mileage reading for the vehicle.

It records the current mileage on the test date and the mileage for the three (3) previous test passes.

You can see it recorded under the 'odometer reading and history' section. You should always check the mileage recording so that you can:

Note: The MOT centre cannot change any mistakes made on earlier mileage recordings. They can only change the current one.

What Happens If a Car Fails an MOT?

A test result listing 'dangerous' or 'major' problems means the vehicle will fail the MOT. This might mean you cannot drive it until you fix the problems. In some cases, the tester might record 'minor' or 'advisory' problems after testing. If so, you will need to monitor or fix them in the future.

If the vehicle fails the MOT test:

Note: MOT rules and regulations allow you to appeal the result if you think the MOT failure got made in error.

MOT Test Results: What Happens after a Pass or a Fail?Driving after MOT Failure

If the current MOT certificate is still valid you can take the vehicle away even after failing the test.

But, if the MOT has run out you can take the vehicle to:

In either case, the vehicle must still meet the minimum standards of roadworthiness at all times to avoid a fine.

Important Information icon about MOT Test ResultsDriving a vehicle in a dangerous condition can result in a fine up to £2,500. In some cases, you can also get banned from driving and receive 3 penalty points.

MOT Test Results: What Happens after a Pass or a Fail?