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MOT Test: Why are they needed?

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In 1960, it became law for vehicles over the age of ten years to be tested to ensure that they were still roadworthy. So many cars failed this test that the age of the vehicle was reduced, first to seven years, and then to the current age: three. Any car that reaches three years after the date of its registration must, by law, have an MOT test to ensure that it is still roadworthy.

The reason for these tests was to prevent the many accidents that would occur when old or poorly maintained cars failed or broke down, sometimes while traveling at high speeds on the roads or in areas where roads cover steep mountains or twisting path, such as those near Wakefield, in West Yorkshire. While it may seem like a nuisance to have to pay for the test at your car’s third birthday and every year thereafter, it is reassuring to know that other road users must keep their vehicles in the same good condition.

This is especially important in areas where the roads can sometimes be challenging or when there are remote areas at which a breakdown would be very inconvenient. If you’re in Wakefield and want to get your car MOT tested, look no further and head to Ossett Tyre House to book your car in.

Having an MOT certificate is a legal requirement and driving your vehicle without an MOT can incur fines of up to £2,500. But an MOT certification is not an excuse for driving a vehicle that is in poor condition: knowingly driving a faulty vehicle can be subject to an ever more serious penalty, even if the vehicle has a current MOT.

Very serious breaches of MOT certification can even result in your vehicle being seized and ultimately destroyed, so do make sure you fix any issues and get your test done every year without fail.

One very good benefit of having an MOT every year is that it will give you peace of mind that your vehicle is in good running order. This is especially important if you do not have any mechanical expertise as the MOT inspector will find and alert you to any issues that might worsen if left untreated. Once you have your certificate, you will know that your vehicle is good to go and you can then monitor its performance going forward.

Do not be too alarmed by needing your MOT certificate every year. The government sets the price of MOTs, making sure that they are affordable to most people and preventing unscrupulous people from overcharging for them. Many garages even offer them at a discount if you combine the test with a major service: call us today to find out more.


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