An MOT (named from the days of the Ministry of Transport) is a test of road worthiness, and is an annual legal requirement for vehicles over 3 years old. Nemo Autos is authorised by the Department of Transport and DVSA to perform MOT tests and issue certificates for vehicles that pass.

When a vehicle fails the MOT test it can be re-tested within the end of 10 working days to gain a pass. There may be a charge payable. If the vehicle remains at the test station for repair after failure then it can have a free partial re-test within 10 working days after the original test has been carried out. If it is removed from the premises for repair and then returned before the end of 10 working days it can have a retest at half the original fee paid. If the failed vehicle is taken away but then brought back to the same test station and retested before the end of the next working day on one or more of the following items only then no fee is charged for a retest:

Bonnet, horn, sharp edges, boot lid, lamps, steering wheel, brake pedal anti-slip, loading door, tailboard, direction indicators, mirrors, tailgate, doors rear reflectors, VIN, drop sides, registration plates, windscreen and glass, fuel filler cap, seat belts, wipers and washers, hazard warning, seats, wheels and tyres.

After the 10-day period a full MOT test will have to be carried out. The full MOT test fee is charged again.

Test stations and the DVSA’s website provide full and up-to-date information regarding MOT re-tests.

The fee for testing and retesting is at the discretion of the proprietor of the test facility, subject to legal maximum prices. The vehicle owner is only subject to one retest per MOT test. If the vehicle fails the MOT retest it is then subject to a full MOT test at the full MOT test fee.

As taxi drivers rely on their vehicles to be running continuously, and can’t afford to be failed by the Council at the MOT test, Nemos provide pre-MOT checks to identify any work required. Nemos can do the rectification work ourselves or provide a list of work we recommend is done before the Council MOT test.

Up to Class 4 vehicles, prepare private hire vehicles for the council test MOTs.

For information on MOT, you can see detailed information from the government’s website at

Motor insurance could be invalid if accident occurs and vehicle deemed to have serious defects. MOTs will help spot defects through MOT failures that can be rectified with 10 working days for a retest. Rectification work can be carried out by Nemos or done elsewhere.

More than 23,500 local car repair garages throughout England, Scotland and Wales, employing more than 65,800 testers, are authorised to [7]. In principle, any individual in Great Britain can apply to run a MOT station, although in order to gain an authorisation from DVSA, both the individual wanting to run the station, as well as the premises, need to meet minimal criteria set out on the government’s website within the so-called VT01 form.[8]

Checks people can do before they bring them in.