Vehicle MOTs are performed by licensed test centres and are required to verify that a vehicle meets minimal acceptable road safety and environmental standards. Parts checked during an MOT include:
- Vehicle body/ structure
- Exhaust system
- Fuel system
Other parts checked during an MOT include lights, mirrors, and the vehicle’s horn, as well as speedometers, engine mountings and the electrical socket (13-pin), all of which must be functional and in clean, good working condition. Seat belts, seats and the vehicle’s steering and suspension, as well as wheels and tyres are also examined and checked for condition/ functionality, as are the windscreen and wipers.
Preventing road traffic accidents
While MOT tests are designed to ensure vehicles meet a certain standard of road safety, they are in no way meant to confirm that a vehicle is roadworthy. They simply verify that the tested parts were in working order at the time the vehicle was tested. As such, MOTs should by no means be seen as a substitute for regular mechanical vehicle maintenance. Preventing accidents on the road by keeping brakes, tyres, steering, suspension and other systems in working order is ultimately the responsibility of the vehicle’s owner.
However, if your vehicle was passed incorrectly and you are injured in a car accident due to undetected defects within 28 days of the test (or within three months of the test if the incident is caused by corrosion-related issues that should have been detected during the test), you may be eligible to claim for accidental injury compensation against the test centre. Although such cases are rare, oversights do occasionally happen, and a compensation claim may be dealt with in a similar fashion to faulty goods claims.
Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in determining whether you have a claim or not. Advisers can be contacted around the clock via their freephone number on 0800 689 0500. Treating all calls with complete confidentiality, they will carefully consider your situation to establish your claim eligibility, before offering you legal assistance to pursue your claim.Open Claim Calculator
No win, no fee* claims
Backed by 13 years of experience in the compensation claim industry, the legal professionals subsequently assigned to your case will operate under a no win, no fee* agreement. More often than not, claims can be dealt with almost entirely over the phone, and court attendance is rarely necessary.