What we check

Here is a list of the main items we look at when testing your car or van:


Condition, operation, security and correct colour. The headlamps will also be checked to see if the aim is correct

Wipers and washers

Operate to give the driver a clear view of the road


Correct operation and type

Wheels and tyres

Condition, security, tyre size and type, and tread depth (must have a minimum 1.6mm of tread across the 3/4 of the tyre). Spare tyres are not tested


Open and close. Latch securely in closed position. Front doors should open from inside and outside the vehicle. Rear doors may need to be opened to gain access to testable items


Presence, condition and security

Fuel system

No leaks, fuel cap fastens correctly and seals securely

Chassis Number

A vehicle identification number must be permanently displayed and legible

Registration plate

Condition, security, legibility and format of letters/numbers

Steering and suspension

Correct condition and operation


Check for chips and cracks in the windscreen. In an area in front of the driver a chip cannot be bigger than 10mm, in other areas swept by the wipers that damage cannot be more than 40mm.


All seatbelts installed are checked for type, condition, operation and security. All compulsory seatbelts must be in place


Front seats secure. Front and rear backseats can be secured in the upright position

Exhaust system

Complete, secure, without serious leaks and silences effectively

Vehicle structure

Free from excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas. No sharp edges


Condition, operation and performance (efficiency test). Suitable vehicles will be tested on a roller brake tester.

Exhaust emissions

Vehicle meets the requirement for exhaust emission. These vary on the age and fuel type of the vehicle

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