History of the M-O-T Test   What is an M-O-T  Test? The M-O-T  is a regular examination of the condition of cars and light commercial vehicles in mainland Britain. It is required annually on all vehicles over three years old with one or two very minor exceptions – small ‘breakdown’ trucks is one example.   History – and why it’s called the ‘M-O-T ’ Following the second world war and into the late 1950s most people purchased second hand cars and light vans, many of which were originally manufactured before 1940 and vast numbers of which were not in ‘tip top’ condition, nor were they regularly serviced. As a result there were numerous vehicles being used on the road which were potentially dangerous. In particular they often had defective brakes, lights and/or steering.   As a result of this, in 1960 the then Ministry of Transport under the direction of the Minister of Transport Mr Ernest Marples decided that all vehicles over ten years old should have their brakes, lights and steering checked every year. This became known as the “ten year Test”, or alternatively the Ministry Of Transport Test – which became shortened to ‘M-O-T . The Testable age was progressively reduced to 3 years by April 1967.   Over the years the M-O-T Test has been extended and expanded to the comprehensive examination which is today’s M-O-T  Test. And the Test is developing all the time. Significantly since the 1990s has been the development of highly sophisticated emissions Testing for vehicles with catalytic converters fitted. M-O-T   A significant development of the M-O-T  has resulted from Britain being members of the European Union. All vehicle Testing is now decided by EU Directives which set minimum standards for vehicle Testing in member states. Each state can, however, decide to install more stringent vehicle Testing regulations in their own domestic regulations under the EU principle of subsidiarity. In many EU countries, for example, Testing is carried out every two years – the basic EU minimum, whereas in Britain it is on an annual basis.   There are now approximately 19,000 Testing Stations in Britain and 50,000 M-O-T Testers. Your Local M-o-t  & Motorcycle Service Centre who you can trust We Cater for anything that is On Wheels, Motorcycles, Scooters, Trike’s & Quads! Motox-Enduro-Trails-Road & Track Motorcycles-Scooters and More...... Your Bikes Adrenaline..... The Areas Independent M-O-T  Motorcycle Service Centre,  For All Your Motorcycle & Scooter Needs, from Collection Service, Repairs & Maintenance of your Motorcycle or Scooter, We can Offer Motorcycle M-O-T’s, Tyres, New Motorcycle Parts, and Accessories for Your Motorcycle or Scooter.  We offer Tyre fitting, Fault Finding, Parts & Accessories, M-O-T  Testing,  We Offer a Friendly Service, Providing You the Customer with the Highest Standards of Motorcycle Service and Care, and We are Offering a Price Promise on ALL our SERVICES & PARTS what we quote is what you Pay! ALL WORK UNDERTAKEN IS BY A LEVEL 3 MOTORCYCLE MECHANIC so you can be assured All work that is undertaken is of a Very High Standard
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