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The history of the M.O.T Test

In 1960 the Ministry of Transport under the direction of Mr Ernest Marples decided that all vehicles over ten years old should have certain items checked every year / brakes, lights and steering. This became known as the “ten year Test”, or alternatively the Ministry Of Transport Test – which became shortened to ‘MOT’. The Testable age was progressively reduced to 3 years by April 1967. Gradually more items were introduced into the test.

As cars and technology developed the MOT Test began to extend and expanded to the comprehensive examination which is today’s MOT Test. The most significant development was in the 1990s when the highly sophisticated emissions testing for vehicles with catalytic converters fitted was introduced. Now the M.O.T Test is conducted when the vehicle reaches three years old and there after is tested every year.

There are now approximately 19,000 Testing Stations in Britain and 50,000 MOT Testers.

At the moment, MOT test results are recorded on dedicated computers in MOT test stations known as a ‘VTS device’. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is building a new ‘web-based’ system to replace these by September 2015.