MOT stands for Ministry of Transport. When you car has its MOT test, it’s graded against the qualifying structure laid out by the Ministry of Transport. The test checks a whole host of elements with a primary focus on a cars safety features. A garage can only offer MOT test certificates if they are approved by the Ministry of Transport. MOT certificates last for 12 months so it is important to keep track of when your MOT is due.
The only exception to the rule is that you are allowed to drive the vehicle on public roads to a registered MOT approved garage to obtain a MOT certificate. Once the test inspector has gone through their MOT checklist, you will be rewarded an MOT certificate if your vehicle passes. Your test record (pass or fail) will also be entered onto the secure central MOT database so there it’s MOT history is saved. If your vehicle fails an MOT test, you will get a ‘notification of failure’ from the test centre and it will be recorded in the secure central MOT database. If necessary, you should also be informed of what mechanical faults need addressing if necessary so you can arrange for a mechanic to get the work done.