15 Oct 2017

Once your vehicle is three years old, it is required by law to have an annual MOT test. An MOT test ensures your vehicle meets the DVSA’s (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) minimum safety standards and levels of exhaust emissions.

During an MOT test at TEC41, an accredited DVSA tester will assess your vehicle. This assessment will include an inspection and a comprehensive series of checks of the important parts of your vehicle to ensure they meet legal standards. These legal standards are set to confirm your vehicle is in roadworthy condition.

When your vehicle passes its MOT, you will receive a VT20 ‘pass’ certificate, which is a vehicle requirement. If your vehicle fails the MOT by not meeting the DVSA standards on the day of the test, you will receive a VT30 ‘failure’ document (refusal of an MOT test certificate). This determines your vehicle as not roadworthy, and you will not be able to drive your vehicle lawfully or renew your road tax.

Call 01473 603932 (Ipswich) or 01842 824834 (Thetford), or fill in our contact form today.


TEC41 proudly MOTs vehicle classes 4, 5 & 7, including cars, motor caravans, play buses & heavy goods vehicles.

For a detailed breakdown of these classes, please refer to the list below.

Class 4

  • Cars (with up to eight seats) & Motor Caravans
  • 3-Wheeled Vehicles (of over 450kg unladen weight)
  • Quads (max unladen weight 400kg for goods vehicle 550kg & max net power of 15kw)
  • Dual-Purpose Vehicles
  • Private Hire vehicles & PSVs (with up to 8 Seats)
  • Goods Vehicles (up to 3.000kg DGW)
  • Ambulances & Taxis

Class 5

  • Vehicles with 13 or More Passenger Seats
  • Play Buses

Class 7

  • Good Vehicles (over 3000kg up to 3500kg DGW)


After an MOT, TEC41 will supply you with a separate list of ‘advisory’ items; these are faults that have been recognised but have not caused your vehicle to fail the MOT. These ‘advisory’s’ will require attention in the near future.

Although an MOT is a legal requirement, it is not the same as having your vehicle serviced; an MOT test does not check the general mechanical condition of your vehicle. Therefore, it is always best to have your vehicle serviced prior to an MOT, to firstly gain all the benefits of regular servicing, but secondly to increase the likelihood of your vehicle passing its MOT test.

Book your MOT using our simple online booking service or visit one of our locations to ensure your vehicle remains lawful and roadworthy. When attending your MOT all you need to bring is your vehicle; everything else can be easily located on the DVSA system. Every MOT certificate we issue will be dated 12 months from your MOT’s due date.

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