GEM-UK GARAGE ADVICE ON MOT
The MOT test was originally called the "Ministry Of Transport test", it is now simply called an MOT.
All MOT Testing Stations are regulated by the newly named Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which replaces both the Driving Standards Agency and VOSA. According to the government-run DVSA, you must keep any vehicles driven on the road in a roadworthy condition and records are updated on a database.
The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards. An MOT is required when a car is three years old (four years in Northern Ireland) and then annually after that.
As we all know the MOT test fee itself is not the most worrying cost but rather the repairs required in order for your vehicle to pass the test.
A vehicle that does not have a valid MOT test certificate has its registration details automatically passed on to the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) of police vehicles. Certain static road-side cameras use ANPR too. An invalid MOT may also be an excuse for an insurance company to not honour a claim.
For additional information on MOTs, please see GOV.UK website.