Book your MOT Test here Draycott Engineering

At Dracott Engineering, Didcot our MOT Test team will ensure that your vehicle is fully checked by our expert technicians at our specially equipped testing centre.Our team will guarantee that your car is safe to drive and meets the minimum standards set by VOSA

A Brief History of the MOT Tes

The MOT Test was first introduced by Ernest Marples in 1960 under powers in the Road Traffic Act 1956

Originally The MOT Test was a very basic test on ten year old vehicles, which only included the brakes, lights and a steering check. This was known as the vehicles “ten year test”. Many cars failed due to the age of the vehicle so this was reduced to seven years and then in 1967 this was reduced again to the 3 year MOT Test that we know today.

Today the MOT is an annual test of a vehicles safety, roadworthiness and exhaust emissions on any vehicle over three years old.

Book a Service with your MOT and save time and money

It’s more cost effective for us to carry out a Service and MOT at the same time – so book in at Draycott Engineering for an interim, full or major service and MOT test and save money today!

Our MOT experts at Draycott Engineering will provide a full vehicle check to ensure your vehicle is legal to drive: -

The following items will be inspected:

Lamps, Reflectors and Electrical equipment


Front lights, rear lights, brake lights. The fog lights, indicator and the registration plate lights will all be inspected.

Headlight aim should be below the horizontal level, so as not to dazzle other road users.


The horn must be present and functioning fully. It must be loud enough to be heard by other road users.


The battery must not show any leakages and must be fixed securely.

Electrical wiring

Wiring should be secure and must not be damaged.

Vehicles with a towbar

The condition of all electrical sockets will be tested to ensure that it correctly operates.

Steering and Suspension


The strength and condition of the steering wheel will be tested and inspected for wear or damage.

Any steering locking device will be checked to ensure it only locks when the vehicle is not running.

Power steering fluid levels will be checked.


Suspension components will be inspected for corrosion or distortion.


An inspection of the overall condition of the brakes, pedals and levers and the tester will conduct a brake performance test to test brakes efficiency.


A tyre must be checked for the appropriate speed and load rating for the specific vehicle.

A tyres tread depth must not be below the legal limit of 1.6mm,

Tyres will be inspected for, lumps, bulges, tears and for cuts in excess of 25mm

Run-flat tyres will be tested to ensure the warning light is operating correctly.

Seat belts and Restraint systems

Seat belts and restraint systems will be checked for security and to ensure they are effective.


An inspection which includes the chassis, seats and all of the doors. All components must be rust free with no sharp edges.

Registration Plates

A registration plate must be fitted securely at the front and rear of the vehicle and must be clearly visible from 20 metres away.

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

A VIN plate must be secured to the vehicle, or etched on the body or chassis of the vehicle.


A speedometer must be fitted, and the tester will check that it can be illuminated.

Exhaust, Fuel and Emissions

Exhaust system

An inspection of the exhaust to make sure it is secure to the vehicle and does not have any leaks.

Fuel system

The fuel system will be checked for leaks and the tank cap must seal properly.

Exhaust Emissions

Emissions must be within the advised legal limit.

The exhaust system will be checked for blue or black smoke.

Mirrors and Wipers

Mirrors and wipers

Mirrors must be secure giving adequate views to the rear and side

Wipers and washers must work effectively.


There must not be any damage or other obstruction larger than 40mm on the windscreen.

Give your vehicle the best chance of passing first time - Here at Draycott Engineering we can perform a Pre MOT check.

What happens if my vehicle fails the MOT Test?

In the event that your vehicle does not pass the MOT, you will receive a (VT30) a MOT failure certificate and you will be given a report on the areas that your vehicle has failed.

Repairs and Re-Test

If your vehicle has failed the MOT Test, you will need to repair the issues listed on the certificate before having your car retested.

At Draycott Engineering we can retest your vehicle for free providing that you leave the vehicle at our test centre for the repairs to be rectified within 10 working days.

You are entitled to take the car away for repairs and bring it back to us for a free partial retest if your MOT has not already expired.

If you bring your car back to be retested after 10 working days, you will be charged for a full MOT