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M.O.T Retest Procedures (updated 10th October 2006)

Currently if a vehicle is removed from a VTS following the refusal to issue an MOT certificate the subsequent re-examination falls in to 2 categories.

  1. If the vehicle is returned to the same VTS and retested before the end of the next working day on one or more of the following items only.

    Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) warning, boot lid, brake pedal anti-slip, direction indicators/hazard warning, doors, dropsides, emissions, fuel filler cap, headlamp aim, horn, lamps, loading door, mirrors, rear reflectors, registration plates, seat belts (but not anchorages), seats, sharp edges or projections, steering wheel, tailboard, tailgate, vehicle identification number (VIN), windscreen, windscreen wipers/washers, wheels* and tyres*.

    (* excludes class I & II)

    Only a partial re-examination is required with no additional fee.
  2. In any other case a full examination is required and an amount up to the maximum full fee may be charged.

Apart from the retest as described in 1 above the only other acceptable partial re-examination of a vehicle is where the vehicle is left at the test station for repair and re-examination and no fee can be charged for such a retest. In all other circumstances a full re-examination of the vehicle must be carried out and the fee charged is a commercial decision for the VTS up to the maximum fee for a test on that vehicle. It would appear that some VTS's that previously didn't charge a fee have now chosen to attach a fee.

VOSA have been reviewing the current retest procedures after analysing the results of thousands of tests over a 3 month period. Additionally a consultation process began in March 2005 (alongside the MOT fee increase consultation) to consider proposals to amend the MOT retest requirements.

This has resulted in the following final proposals to restructure the level of re-examination carried out by the same VTS that completed the initial test.

  1. If the vehicle stays at the test station where it failed the MOT, so that it can be repaired, it requires only a partial re-examination, if carried out before the end of the 10th working day after the day of the initial test. No fee should be charged.
  2. If the vehicle is brought back to the same testing station by the end of the next working day on one or more of the following items only:

    Boot lid, bonnet, brake pedal anti-slip, doors, dropsides, fuel filler cap, horn, loading door, mirrors, all lamps, rear reflectors, registration plates, seat belts (but not anchorages), seats, sharp edges or projections, steering wheel, tailboard, tailgate, vehicle identification number (VIN), windscreen, windscreen wipers/washers, wheels* & tyres* - only a partial re-examination is required and no fee should be charged.

    *not applicable to class 1 & 2
  3. If the vehicle does not qualify for a retest, as listed at point 2 above, and is brought back to the same testing station by the end of the 10th working day after the day of initial test for a retest - then a partial re-examination is required and a maximum 1/2 of the full fee may be charged.
  4. A Class IVA or VA that passes on seat belt installation, but fails on other areas of the test, maybe retested at the same test station as a Class IV or V - the extent of the test and fees are as for Class IV or V.
  5. In any other case a full re-examination is required and a full fee may be charged for the retest.

Only one partial re-examination is permissible per full examination

In preparing this proposal we have responded to previous comments received about consistency of treatment. VOSA have also considered the options, evaluated the risks, applied engineering common sense and with the broad agreement of stakeholders, produced a pragmatic solution that reduces burdens on both garages and MOT customers.

 
 
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