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Class 7 MOTs - what you need to know
At present, most vehicles over three years old in the UK need to undergo an annual MOT test in order to ensure that they’re safe for use on the road. It’s an offence to drive without one and could lead to a fine of £1,000 and your vehicle being taken off the road. But not all MOTs are the same; there are different classes. The most common are Class 4 tests for cars and light vans, and Class 7 tests for medium commercial vehicles.
The class 4 test is the most common since it applies to most cars, motor caravans, vans of up to 3,000Kg gross weight, taxis and public service vehicles with up to eight seats. The test covers the vehicle’s safety systems including brakes, suspension, tyres, seatbelts, lights and wipers. It will also check the vehicle’s VIN number and that its registration plates are correct and legally displayed, in addition to checking emissions to ensure the vehicle is environmentally safe.
Class 7 tests apply to goods vehicles between 3,000 and 3,500Kg (3 and 3,5 tonnes) in weight. This may include larger versions of vans such as the Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter. If you’re not sure of your vehicle’s weight, check the handbook or V5 registration document. If you’re still unsure, call the manufacturer’s customer service team with the vehicle details and VIN number and they should be able to advise you. The types of items checked are similar to those on the Class 4 test, but they’ll also check that the tyres are suitable for the vehicle's load capacity and that brake efficiency is up to the job.
Other tests include Class 1 and 2 for motorbikes, Class 3 for small three wheelers, and Class 4A and 5 for passenger vehicles, depending on the number of seats.
Some vehicles don’t need to have an MOT. These include the oldest and youngest vehicles, those less than three years of age or those built before January 1960. Other exemptions include tractors and electric goods vehicles such as milk floats. Police vehicles maintained in an authorised workshop are also exempt.
Passes and fails
When your vehicle passes its MOT, you’ll receive a paper certificate, but the pass is also recorded on the VOSA computer system which is checked when you tax it online. Tests expire after a year, so you will need to book one annually.
If your vehicle fails the test you’ll need to have it re-tested. If the vehicle stays at the test station to be repaired and is tested again within 10 days, or if it needs only a partial re-test for certain items, then the re-test is free of charge.
Failing an MOT isn’t necessarily a disaster, though it does mean that the vehicle will be off the road while it is fixed and then re-tested. If you think that your vehicle may need major repairs, it’s a good idea to have it checked and any repairs made before you submit it for a test.
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