The MOT test (Ministry of Transport) is an annual test of vehicle safety, exhaust emissions and general roadworthiness of all vehicles required in Great Britain that are over three years old.

The name is derived from the defunct government department "Ministry of Transport", which has several ancestors of the current Department for Transport.

MOT test certificates are issued in Great Britain under the auspices of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), formed as a result of a merger between the Driving Standards Agency (DVSA) and the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA).

The test and the pass certificate are often referred to simply as the "MOT". Throughout Britain, there are approximately 20,000 local car repair garages, employing over 50,000 testers.

A Brief History
It was first introduced back in 1960 under the direction of the Minster of Transport Ernest Marples (under the powers in the Road Traffic Act of 1956). Originally the test was rather basic, it included testing the brakes, lights, steering check after the vehicle was ten years old and every year thereafter.

This was known as the "10 year test", or alternatively the "Ministry of Transport Test". When the tests commenced the high failure rate resulted in the age that the vehicles became due for the test was reduced to 7 years, on the 31st of December 1962.

In 1962, the first commercial vehicle exam was created and a valid certificate was required in order to get a tax disc. April 1967 saw the test age for a vehicle being lowered to 3 years. In January 1983 the age for ambulances, taxis and eight seater vans was reduced to 1 year.
The itinerary of items that were tested has continually expanded over the years, including in '68 a tyre check, 1977 saw checks to the windscreen wipers and washes, direction indicators, brake lights, horns, exhaust system and condition of the bodywork and chassis.

In the early nineties, saw the introduction of an emissions test for petrol engine vehicles, together with checks on the anti lock braking system, rear wheel steering (where appropriate) and rear wheel bearings, also rear seat belts.
1992 saw a stricter tyre tread depth requirement for most vehicles, and in '94 a check for the emissions of diesel engine vehicles.

Even this millennium has seen some changes. In 2005, saw the creation of the "Automated Test Bay", this differs from traditional testing because additional equipment is added to the bay to negate the use of an additional assistant during the test. 2012, saw checks on secondary restraint systems, ESC, speedometers, batteries and wiring and steering locks.

Cargo 4 Service Limited is a family run motor trade business established since 1985 in Stoke on Trent and can cover the following areas, Newcastle Under Lyme & Nantwich. we specialise in all forms of MOT's for all types of vehicles. For additional MOT testing information please call 01782 411 123 or email us on