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MOT test and annual vehicle test

December 25, 2017

As a fleet manager, you must ensure all your vehicles undergo an annual MOT test or an equivalent Annual Vehicle Test, depending on vehicle type. A car below 3,500kg (design gross weight) requires an MOT test, while a heavier vehicle such as a lorry requires an Annual Vehicle Test.

The purpose of these tests is to verify the roadworthiness of your fleet by ensuring all your vehicles meet safety and environmental standards.


  • In Britain, your vehicle must have its first MOT test by the third anniversary of its registration with the DVLA, and once a year after that. Your vehicle’s MOT lasts for a year and the date it expires will be printed on the vehicle’s last pass certificate.
  • Once the MOT has expired, you can only drive your vehicle either to get it repaired or to a pre-arranged MOT test. Driving without a valid MOT can lead to a £1,000 fine.
  • MOT tests must be carried out at an approved testing station that displays the blue sign with three white triangles. Fees may differ depending on the testing station, but there are maximum fees that can be legally charged.
  • If your vehicle passes the MOT test, the testing station will give you a certificate.
  • If your vehicle fails the MOT test, you will be notified of the repairs necessary for it to pass a re-test.

Annual vehicle test

  • Annual vehicle tests are essentially MOT tests for lorries, buses and other heavy goods vehicles. Your vehicle must be tested every year, with the first test occurring one year after registration with the DVLA.
  • Annual vehicle tests can be carried out at a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) testing station or a private Authorised Testing Facility (ATF).
  • Fees for the test vary depending on vehicle type

Make sure you bring the following documents with you to the test centre:

  1. Appointment letter (if you have one)
  2. Your vehicle’s last test certificate
  3. Your vehicle’s plating certificate
  4. Exemption form (if your vehicle is applicable)

- If your vehicle fails the test, you’ll need to get the relevant faults repaired before having it tested again.