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Take full advantage of our amazing three year M.O.T offer

Pay £39.95 for your initial MOT and pay £15.00 per year for the next 3 years

The History of the MOT Test

The MOT Test was first introduced in 1960 under the direction of the Ministry of Transport, Ernest Marples. The test was originally a basic test including, brakes,lights and steering checks which was to be carried out after the vehicle was ten years old and every year thereafter. This became known as the "ten year test" or alternatively the Ministry Of Transport test. In 1962, the first Commercial vehicle exam was created and a valid certificate was required in order to receive a tax disc, and in April 1967 the testable age for an MOT was reduced to three years. On January 1st 1983 the testable age for ambulances, taxi's and vehicles with more than eight passenger seats, excluding the driver's was reduced to one year.

The list of items tested has been continually expanded over the years. Including in 1968 a tyre check; 1977 checks for the windscreen wipers and washers, direction indicators, brake lights, horns, exhaust system and the condition of the body structure and chassis; 1991 checks for the emissions test for petrol engine vehicles, together with checks for the anti-lock braking system, rear wheel bearings, rear wheel steering (where appropriate) and rear seat belts; 1992 a stricter tyre tread depth requirement for most vehicles; 1994 a check for emissions on diesel engine vehicles; 2005 introduction of the computerised administration system for issuing non-secure test certificates. Also rolled out in 2005 the creation of the automated test bay this differs from traditional testing by adding additional equipment to the bay to negate the use of an assistant during a test; 2012 checks of secondary restraint systems, battery and wiring, ESC, and speedometers and steering locks.

We carry out tests on Class IV & Class VII Vehicles by appointment only.

The MOT test covers the following apsects:

  • Lighting and signaling equipment
  • Steering (including suspension)
  • Brakes
  • Tyres and wheels
  • Seat belts
  • Body, structual and general items
  • Exhaust, fuel and emissions
  • Drivers view of the road

Take full advantage of our amazing three year MOT offer.

Pay £39.95 for your initial MOT and pay £15.00 per year for the next 3 years. You can qualify for a 13 month MOT by having your vehicle tested up to 1 month before the due date. Book online and receive 50 loyalty points on your card.

We will notify you 1 month before your MOT is due by email or text.

Book on line and receive 50 loyalty points on your card

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Hardwick Motor Company Limited
Hardwick Lane, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Nottinghamshire, NG17 5EJ

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