How to check if your MOT is due and how often it needs to be done

Having a car, motorbike or other such vehicle involves a lot of faffing about to make sure you’re okay to drive it.

The main faff is, of course, the MOT – which you need to organise for your car every year, once it’s past it’s third birthday (or fourth in Northern Ireland).

MOT Test stands for Ministry of Transport Test (though the Ministry of Transport no longer exists) and around 53,000 people are qualified to do the test in the UK.

It’s illegal to drive a car that’s not passed its MOT, unless you’re driving to a pre-arranged MOT test or to have something fixed that the MOT has ordered. You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.

So how can you tell if and when your vehicle needs an MOT? Let’s have a look…

The Government offers a service which helps you see if your car is due an MOT.

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You can give it a whirl , or in Welsh.

Before you start you need to know your vehicle’s registration number.

If your car is new, you must get an MOT test by the third anniversary of its registration.

But some new vehicles also need to be checked on their first anniversary, and you can find out which , as well as.

An MOT lasts for a year and the date it runs out is printed on the last pass certificate.

You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date.

Of course, you can get an MOT earlier than this, but the MOT renewal date for the following year will be different.



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