Friday, July 6, 2012

What Is MOT Test and What Aspects Are Included in the Process

Exams, most people try to shy away from this dreaded word. Before a person can mature into adulthood, he or she would need to go through a myriad of different tests. From elementary school to high school to a bachelor's degree, a person would need to accredit themselves before they face the real world. These exams test the credentials of an individual; whether are they fit enough for their own desires. Widen the scope and what do we have; the same test but only this time, it applies to vehicles commuting along the road.
Just like any other person, a vehicle needs to fulfill certain benchmark and standards before being considered roadworthy. In the United Kingdom, the MOT (Ministry of Transport) gauges the road-worthiness. A vehicle has to meet road safety regulations and also environmental standards before being deemed roadworthy. Therefore if your vehicle lacks a certain degree of safety features, or it exceeds legitimate emission levels, then your vehicle might have been illegitimate on the road all this while.
The purpose of all exams basically revolves around the same principles; accreditation and recognition. An accountant would only be recognized as a professional once he receives his chartered accreditation. The same goes to a vehicle; if it passes the MOT test, then a certificate would accredit that vehicle to be, at that time, roadworthy by law. The first MOT test must be conducted on a vehicle three years into its useful life. The issued certificate only encompasses the general road-worthiness of a car and it does not include specific mechanical attributes of your vehicle. Therefore the condition of your engine, clutch and gearbox would be disregarded for the test.
The MOT test takes into consideration the following aspects of your vehicle:
• General vehicle structure and appliances: Vehicles must be of presentable structure with no corrosive damage which may result in accidental injuries. A vehicles speedometer as well as engine mountings are also taken into consideration.
• General driver appliances: For the driver, seat-belts must be properly functioning to meet MOT requirements. Airbags must also be in place for safety precautionary measures. A vehicle must also have a minimum number of driving mirrors to ensure proper driving and safety precautions.
• Brakes, tires and wheels: A good and safe car runs on four perfectly oiled and aligned wheels. Condition of the tire such as tire size and treading is inspected with the MOT test. The brakes must be function properly to be considered for accreditation. Additional modifications such as ABS or Electronic Stability Control (ESC) would not constitute part of the inspection although it adds to the overall performance of a vehicle.
A whole lot more
The MOT test inspects the very details of a vehicle, ranging from the wipers and windscreen to the steering and suspension of a vehicle. If a test such as this takes into consideration the type of honk that you use, then you can have a fair idea how serious MOT takes it.
Where and how to take the test
Considering the severity of the test, there are numerous outlets available across the UK to take it. As of now, there are roughly 19000 certified outlets that carry out the MOT inspection for your vehicle. The maximum pricing of such a test is exhibited on a visual media displayed at each outlets, however the exact price that each outlet charges can vary depending on its location. Taking the test is as straight forward as driving your car into a car wash. All you have to do is visit the outlet and authorized personnel would inspect your car using a myriad of different instruments. All these inspections and instruments are explained and illustrated in a user manual that the respective outlet provides.
In a worst case scenario situation; should your car fail the MOT test, then you would get a failure document as opposed to the MOT certificate. The document will explain in specific detail on the outcome with reference to the aforementioned user manual. For those who fail the test, it is advised for them to make the necessary adjustments required to deem their vehicle roadworthy.
It's only going to get tougher
With a crackdown of illegitimate vehicles on the road, authorities have proposed to make the MOT test tougher by imposing stricter requirements. These new regulations are imposed to ensure that all vehicles are roadworthy before they plow through the streets. If you do not want to subject yourselves to tougher vehicle regulations, then do yourself a favor and visit an MOT authorized outlet tomorrow to have your vehicle tested.


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