Current UK MOT Requirements

Published Date: 18th Apr 2023

Image of a Car Exhaust systemIn the UK, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) test is a legal requirement for all cars over three years old. The test ensures that all vehicles meet the minimum safety and environmental standards required to be driven on the road. However, new cars are exempt from MOT tests for the first three years from their registration date.

This means that new car buyers can enjoy three years of hassle-free driving without needing an MOT. During this period, the car's parts and components are unused and unlikely to show any signs of wear and tear that could affect road safety. This exemption is a welcome relief for new car owners who may want to avoid the added cost and inconvenience of an MOT test.

After the first three years, new cars must undergo an MOT test annually to ensure they meet the minimum roadworthiness and safety standards. The MOT test checks various parts and systems of a car, including its brakes, lights, tires, steering, emissions, and more. This ensures the car is safe to drive and meets the minimum environmental standards.




It's essential to note that these regulations may vary depending on your location and jurisdiction. It's always a good idea to check with your local authorities or a qualified mechanic to ensure your car complies with the relevant regulations.

When the time comes for your new car to have its first MOT, it's important to choose a reputable MOT testing station. You can find your nearest MOT testing station online or via the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) website. It's worth noting that the cost of an MOT test varies depending on the type of vehicle and the testing station. Therefore, shopping around and comparing prices is a good idea to ensure you get the best deal.

If your vehicle fails an MOT test, you must get the faults repaired before you can legally drive it again. Getting these repairs done promptly is essential to ensure the safety of yourself, your passengers, and other road users.

In addition to the MOT test, new car buyers should also consider the car's service history. Regular servicing is vital for maintaining a car's safety and performance, even when an MOT isn't required in the first three years. Regular servicing can also identify and fix potential issues before they become more significant and costly problems.

Man working on a Car Suspension SystemIt's worth noting that some car manufacturers offer servicing packages or warranties that cover the cost of regular servicing during the first few years of ownership. This can be a great way to keep your car in top condition without worrying about the cost of servicing.

In summary, new cars are exempt from MOT tests for the first three years from their registration date. After three years, the car will need an MOT test annually to meet the minimum roadworthiness and safety standards. Choosing a reputable MOT testing station and getting any faults repaired promptly if the car fails the MOT test is important. Regular servicing is essential for maintaining a car's safety and performance, even in the first three years. Following these guidelines allows new car buyers to enjoy a safe and hassle-free driving experience.

Here are the current rules for new cars as far as MOTs are concerned:


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**Please note that vehicle specifications, trim levels, options, and engines are subject to change anytime. Therefore, confirming the vehicle specifications you are interested in when you purchase is important. Vehicle manufacturers also reserve the right to change specifications without notice.