The process of getting a vehicle MOT tested  and why it is a requirement 

The MOT test is mandatory for all vehicles in the UK, and they should annually get tested, post  completing three years. The primary reason for the MOT test coming about was that people did  not bother taking their cars to garages regularly. A study showed that most people said that they  would get their cars checked, only if they were giving them visible issues. This information  implied that many people around the UK could be driving cars that were not only were putting  themselves in danger but also others on the road.

Unfortunately, most of the people going through the MOT test do not understand a lot about  vehicles or have information about conducting them. They find the MOT test process quite a  mysterious, while they leave their vehicle at a garage or test centre, waiting and hoping it doesn’t  mean a high bill for repairs. While the rules state that they should maintain a vehicle that is always  roadworthy, people consider getting their car repaired and tested together or around the same  time.

The MOT checks review the safety of the vehicle, along with its roadworthiness and exhaust  emissions on UK roads. While the tests are mandatory for cars, they also cover vehicles from  small motorcycles under 200cc to lorries, designed to prevent driving vehicles that could have a  potentially dangerous fault.

In May 2018, the Government introduced stricter measures for MOT tests, since they found that  the tests needed an upgrade because they were using the same old ones. These tests had more  than one million cars labelled ‘dangerous’ by the end of the year, and they didn’t seem to be  getting any easier. The tests include a range of checks on various parts of your car to make sure  they meet the minimum standards laid out by the Driving and Vehicle Standards Authority. These  checks include checking the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is present and legible and a  check that your registration plate (number plate) is secure, legible, and in the correct format.  There are more detailed mechanical tests like inspecting the lights, steering and suspension,  wipers and washer bottle to make sure the windscreen is always clean. Inspecting the  windscreen, seatbelts, seats, fuel system, emissions, doors, mirrors, wheels and tyres, brakes and  many other aspects of the car. People can also ​check MOT​ online or even ​book MOT​ slots online  so that they would not have to wait for a long time at the garage.

Many of these items are quick and easy to check yourself before taking your car for its MOT test.  However, people should get their vehicles checked by professionals at a garage, if they are  planning on passing the test, or avoiding a retest. Some of the issues are as simple as checking  lightbulbs and making sure the proper amounts of fluid are in the car, including refilling the  windscreen washer bottle.

The MOT tests were temporarily on hold, and people going through them were allowed to delay  getting tested. Now, the mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1st August 2020 as  lockdown restrictions were slowly lifted. In March, drivers were granted a six-month exemption  from MOT testing due to the coronavirus outbreak.