What does MOT stand for?

Author Name – Cameron Carroll


what does mot stand for

MOT is an abbreviation for Ministry of Transport.  The Ministry of Transport is a government department that was first put it put in place in 1960. Essentially, the Ministry of Transport is in charge of regulating the UK’s transport systems, with primary responsibilities involving road safety. Some other areas in which the Ministry of Transport regulate are civil aviation, maritime transport, rail transport and public transport.

If you’ve been driving for a number of years then you will be familiar with the process of an MOT. The reason for an MOT is to ensure that your car is roadworthy, safe and environmentally friendly enough to be on the UK’s roads.  With an MOT being such an important process for keeping yourself and other driver’s safe, it is a shock to realise that so many people aren’t aware what is involved with an MOT or even what the word MOT stands for. In this article we are going to underline what is involved in an MOT and answer some questions about the MOT process.

Why do you need an MOT check?

An MOT check is a legal requirement enforced to ensure the safety of motorists. The MOT ensures a car is roadworthy and meets environmental standards for driving around the UK. Once a car is three years old, an MOT test must be carried out annually and you must have a valid MOT certificate to be able to drive the car.

The date of which your MOT will expire, can be found on your vehicle registration document.  If you do not have this document, then you can check the MOT status of a vehicle by entering your vehicle registration in our MOT due date checker.

What is checked in an MOT check?

The areas of the car that will be checked goes as follows -

Electrical equipment

  • Lights
  • Horn
  • Battery
  • Electrical wiring

Steering and Suspension

  • Steering responsivness
  • Power steering
  • Power steering fluid levels
  • Suspension components such as shock absorbers, springs and anti-roll bar


Tyres and Wheels

Seat belts

  • Seatbelt condition
  • Correct length

Exhaust and Emissions


  • Chassis
  • Seats
  • Doors
  • Boot
  • Morrors

Where can I get an MOT check near me?

MOT testing stations are regulated by the Government agency, the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency). In order to become a testing station, garages have to be approved by the DVSA. Only authorised MOT testing centres can display the blue MOT symbol. 

Search here to find a National Tyres and Autocare MOT testing station near you.

How much does a MOT cost?

Here at National Tyres and Autocare we are currently offering MOT checks at £35.00 as standard but if you sign up for our MOT reminder service you can get 50% off an MOT taking the price down to just £27.42!

To book an MOT, please click on the button below:

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Pre MOT Checklist

There are a number of things that you can do to prepare for an MOT check BEFORE you take it to your local National Tyres and Autocare branch for its MOT check. Please click on the related article below to see our pre MOT checklist.

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Service and MOT

If your MOT check is due, then why not book in a for a car service too? We offer the following servicing packages where you can get an Interim Service + MOT from £108.37 and a Full Service + MOT from £168.37.

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