At Fleet Service we have been conducting MOTs on vehicles for many years.

Vehicle MOTs

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We have testers available 24 hours a day, Monday 8am to Friday 5pm. We cover classes 4, 5 and 7, everything from cars to vans up to 3.5 tonnes and minibuses up to 5 tonnes. We also have the only inspection bay in the Preston area able to accomodate very large motorhomes and are used to testing these vehicles from neighbouring towns.

  • Class 4 including motor homes (including very large motor homes)>
  • Class 5 mini bus (up to 15 seats and 5000kg GVW)
  • Class 7 vans up to 3500kg

Free car history checks

The government's vehicle enquiry service is free to use and will tell you whether a car has passed its last MOT and when it was last taxed. All you need is the registration number, and it will also give a simple vehicle description to determine the tax band of the car.

Use the Vehicle MOT History check for a more in-depth report. Check the past results of a vehicle’s MOT tests, including:
  • if it passed or failed
  • the mileage recorded when it was tested
  • where each test was done
  • what parts failed at each test, and if any parts had minor problems
  • when its next MOT is due

The way that the MOT test works in England, Scotland and Wales changed on Sunday 20 May 2018.

The changes affect cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles. Here are the main changes you need to know.

1. Defects are categorised differently

Defects found during the MOT are categorised as either:
  • dangerous
  • major
  • minor

The category the MOT tester gives each item will depend on the type of problem and how serious it is. MOT testers will still give advice about items you need to monitor. These are known as ‘advisories’.

What the new categories mean

Item result What it means about the item How it affects your MOT result
Dangerous A direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment.

Do not drive the vehicle until it’s been repaired.
Major It may affect the vehicle’s safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment.

Repair it immediately.
Minor No significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment.

Repair as soon as possible.
Advisory It could become more serious in the future.

Monitor and repair it if necessary.
Pass It meets the minimum legal standard.

Make sure it continues to meet the standard.

2. Stricter rules for diesel car emissions

There are stricter limits for emissions from diesel cars with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). A DPF captures and stores exhaust soot to reduce emissions from diesel cars. Check your car’s handbook if you don’t know if your car has a DPF.

Your vehicle will get a major fault if the MOT tester:
  • can see smoke of any colour coming from the exhaust
  • finds evidence that the DPF has been tampered with

3. Some new things are included in the MOT

Some new items are tested during the MOT, they include checking:
  • if tyres are obviously underinflated
  • if the brake fluid has been contaminated
  • for fluid leaks posing an environmental risk
  • brake pad warning lights and if brake pads or discs are missing
  • reversing lights on vehicles first used from 1 September 2009
  • headlight washers on vehicles first used from 1 September 2009 (if they have them)
  • daytime running lights on vehicles first used from 1 March 2018 (most of these vehicles will have their first MOT in 2021 when they’re 3 years old)

There are other smaller changes to how some items are checked. Your MOT centre will be able to tell you about these.

4. The MOT certificate will change

The design of the MOT certificate has changed. It lists any defects under the new categories, so they’re clear and easy to understand. The service to check the MOT history of a vehicle has been updated to reflect the changes.

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