If you own a car or perhaps more than one, then it is quite obvious that you will find this article interesting and informative. We will try and talk about MOT Reading. MOT is the acronym for Ministry of Transport. The main purpose of MOT reading is to make sure that the vehicles that people are driving are road worthy. This certification ensures that the vehicles meet the stipulated and minimum safety levels that are required as per the law of the land.
What Happened During A MOT Reading Test?
When a MOT test is conducted, a thorough inspection is done and various checks are also undertaken. These cover the exterior, interior and also areas under the bonnet and also under the vehicle. Each of the check result is recorded. A certificate of road-worthiness is issued only if the vehicle is able to pass the various parameters that have been set. If the vehicle fails to meet the stipulated requirements, a document is issued, highlighting the areas of concern.
What Is Class 7 MOT Reading
There are different classes of MOT Reading. We will try and learn something more about Class 7 MOT Reading. While Class 4 MOT Reading is the most popular, many vehicles do fall under the category of Class 7 MOT Reading. This class of MOT Reading is for vehicles weighing between 3000 to 3500 kilograms. In most cases, commercial vehicles and vans like Renault Traffic, Mercedes Sprinter and Ford Transit amongst other vehicles fall under this category.
In many cases, you may not be sure as to which class your vehicle belongs. You should not break you head over this. You have a simple solution and all you have to do is to have a look at the vehicle handbook that comes to you when you buy any vehicle. This handbook will have all details including the weight of the vehicle. In case you do not have the handbook readily available, you can Google for the details and it will not take much time for you to have the required information.
Some Vehicles Do Not Need MOT
While there is a mandatory requirement of having a MOT certificate for many vehicles, some types and classes of vehicle are exempt from this requirement. The list is quite bit and it may not be possible to list down all of them. However, we are talking about a few classes of vehicles that can move on the roads without having a MOT Reading certificate.
- Motorized tractors.
- Goods vehicles that run on electricity.
- Any motorcycle or car that has been manufactured before January 1, 1960.
- Hackney carriages because they are taxed by the local authorities.
- Vehicles that are used by the police force. However, the vehicles must be maintained and overhauled only in an authorized workshop.
Is There A Fee Payable?
Yes, there is no doubt that there is a fee payable for these reading tests. They keep changing and according to the latest information, the charges for a class 7 MOT reading could be around GBP 59.00 while for a Class 4 MOT reading the cost could be around GBP 55.00. However, you must check on the latest fee structure because these are reviewed regularly and periodically by the Ministry of Transport authorities.
Some Areas That Are Involved In MOT Reading
As mentioned earlier, the reading covers the interiors, exteriors of the cars and vehicles. It also covers the areas under the vehicle and the under the bonnet. As far as exteriors are concerned, it covers, amongst other things, wheels and tyres, the overall body condition, the effectiveness of shock absorbers and suspension. The reading also takes into account the overall condition of lights including headlamps, reflectors, side lamps, rear lamps, fog lamps and much more.
The readings under the bonnet usually covers steering, suspension and the various braking components. The underside of the vehicle is also thoroughly examined and it takes into account the overall condition of exhaust, chassis, handbrake system and foot handbrakes, drive shafts and wheel bearings amongst other things. The overall efficiency of the braking system is also taken into account and it covers the balance of the front brakes, efficiency of footbrakes, and also handbrake efficiency.
The reading also takes a reading of CO emission, Lambda, hydrocarbon emission and also takes note of any excess smoke that is visible.
The Final Word
We are sure that the above would have given our readers a useful and meaningful insight into the importance and significance of MOT reading.