Class 4 and Class 7 MOTs - Whats the difference?

For all vehicles three years old or more it is a legal requirement that your vehicle has a valid MOT if you wish to continue to drive it on the road. The MOT test ensures that your car, 4x4 or van can meet minimum requirements in terms of environmental standards and road safety. Should you fail to take your vehicle for its MOT every year then you will face a fixed penalty if you are caught using it on the road once your certificate runs out.

Dependant on the type of vehicle you driver there are two choices of MOT either a Class 4 or Class 7 MOT Test. A class 4 MOT is the most common one and the MOT required on all passenger cars, whilst a class 7 MOT is usually carried out on commercial goods vehicles that carry between 3,000 kg and 3,500 kg in weight.

Protyre are proud to provide both Class 4 and Class 7 MOTs. Class 4 MOTs can be booked online via the Protyre website. Alternatively, if your vehicle requires a Class 7 MOT then please make an enquiry at any one of our 15 centres which can carry out Class 7 MOTs. Our expert technicians can complete all MOTs in approximately 60 minutes and conduct any minor repairs if need be and also advise if there are any major faults with your vehicle. 
 

MOT Classes and their vehicle types

Below is a full list of UK MOT Classes and  their corresponding vehicle types. All Class 4 MOTs can be booked online at any of our MOT-certified garages but Class 7 MOTs are only available at a seleciton of our garages so will need to be booked via this enquiry form.
 
Vehicle Type MOT Class Age 1st MOT required
Motorcycle (engine size up to 200cc) 1 3
Motorcycle with sidecar (engine size up to 200cc) 1 3
Motorcycle (engine size over 200cc) 2 3
Motorcycle with sidecar (engine size over 200cc) 2 3
3-wheeled vehicles (up to 450kg unladen weight) 3 3
3-wheeled vehicles (over 450kg unladen weight) 4 3
Cars (up to 8 passenger seats) 4 3
Motor caravans 4 3
Quads (max unladen weight 400kg - for goods vehicles 550kg and max net power of 15kw) 4 3
Dual purpose vehicles 4 3
Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats) 4 1
Ambulances and taxis 4 1
Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9 to 12 passenger seats) 4 1
Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight) 4 3
Class 4 vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation check 4a n/a
Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (13 to 16 passenger seats) 5 1
Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (more than 16 passenger seats) 5 1
Playbuses 5 1
Class 5 vehicles (13 to 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check 5a n/a
Class 5 vehicles (more than 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check 5a n/a
Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight) 7 3


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