If your vehicle is 3 years or older it is law that your vehicle has its annual M.O.T (Ministry Of Transport) test. The M.O.T. test ensures that your vehicle meets the minimum safety requirements for driving on public roads.
Without a valid M.O.T. certificate it is illegal to drive your vehicle on the road and you won't be able to purchase road tax. Recent computerisation of the M.O.T. testing system means police can now check your registration against the DVSA database to see if your vehicle has a valid M.O.T.
It is your responsibility to ensure your vehicle is M.O.T. tested every 12 months, if you don't renew your M.O.T. certificate annually the penalty could be a fine. If the vehicle is involved in any form of accident you may be asked to produce your M.O.T. certificate, an absence of this certificate could result in a fine and could affect any insurance claims.
You can book an M.O.T. up to 28 days in advance of the date it's due. Your new M.O.T. is 12 months from the expiry of your old certificate. This means you could have an M.O.T. that lasts a maximum of 13 months.
Class 4 M.O.T. test is any passenger / goods vehicle up to 3000kg. Class 5 M.O.T. test is any vehicle with 13-16 passenger seats under 5000kg. Class 7 M.O.T. test is any goods vehicle between 3000kg to 3500kg. All Motor Caravans are Class 4.