As a rule, it takes less than an hour to conduct the Ministry of Transport test. So, how does the MOT test work, what parts do they check, and what does it cost?
DURING THE MOT: All the important vehicle parts will either get tested, checked, or inspected.
The same type of MOT rules and regulations apply to motorcycles as well as cars and vans.
A nominated MOT tester will conduct the vehicle testing at the centre. He will ensure that the parts meet legal standards for safety and emissions.
In most cases, there will be a viewing area at the vehicle testing centre.
That means you should be able to watch how the MOT testing works.
Note: The testing station will not allow you to interrupt the vehicle tester during the inspection.
There is a long list of car parts tested in an MOT. The same applies to the most important motorcycle parts during its annual inspection.
Note: The test is not the same as having a vehicle serviced. It does not check general mechanical condition, such as the engine, clutch, or gearbox.
Testing stations cannot charge above the maximum MOT fees shown in the table below. Even so, MOT test price will vary according to the type of vehicle.
Note: For example, the highest fee for a car is £54.85 and the cost to test a standard motorcycle is £29.65. They cannot charge VAT on top of the fee.
|Vehicle Class||Type of Vehicle||Age First Test Needed||MOT Fee (maximum)|
|1||Motorcycle (engine size up to 200cc)||3||£29.65|
|1||Motorcycle with sidecar (engine size up to 200cc)||3||£37.80|
|2||Motorcycle (engine size over 200cc)||3||£29.65|
|2||Motorcycle with sidecar (engine size over 200cc)||3||£37.80|
|3||3-wheeled vehicles (up to 450kg unladen weight)||3||£37.80|
|4||3-wheeled vehicles (over 450kg unladen weight)||3||£54.85|
|4||Cars (up to 8 passenger seats)||3||£54.85|
|4||Quads (max unladen weight 400kg - for goods vehicles 550kg and max net power of 15kw)||3||£54.85|
|4||Dual purpose vehicles||3||£54.85|
|4||Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)||3||£54.85|
|4||Ambulances and taxis||1||£54.85|
|4||Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9 to 12 passenger seats)||1||£57.30|
|4||Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight)||3||£54.85|
|4a||Class 4 vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation check||N/A||£64|
|5||Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (13 to 16 passenger seats)||1||£59.55|
|5||Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (more than 16 passenger seats)||1||£80.65|
|5a||Class 5 vehicles (13 to 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check||N/A||£80.50|
|5a||Class 5 vehicles (more than 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check||N/A||£124.50|
|7||Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight)||3||£58.60|
MOT Fee Chart: How MOT Testing Works in the United Kingdom