Annual MOT Assessment Topics for 2024-25

Find out what topics to train on for the 2024-25 exam
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The 2024-25 DVSA annual training and exam year starts on 1st April 2024 and ends on 31st March 2025. Following on from the previous 8 years, the proposals for the 2024-25 year is to include the following:

The annual MOT exam topics for vehicle classes 1&2 are:
(Group A)

Corrosion and Standards of Repair

  • Identifying and assessing corrosion;
  • Prescribed areas;
  • Non-prescribed areas;
  • Load area;
  • Load bearing and supportive structures;
  • Tow bar mountings;
  • Bonded repairs;
  • Repairs to alloy/steel wheels;
  • Non-metallic structures, such as carbon fibre;
  • Brake pipes;
  • Frame arrangements including sidecars;
  • When the engine is a stressed member.

Classification of Vehicles

  • Non-testable items relating to vehicles identified as mopeds;
  • EU classification of vehicles.

Test Procedures

  • Correct use of advisory items;
  • Correct use of the term ‘excessive’;
  • Calibration of equipment;
  • Contingency testing;
  • What to do if you’ve forgotten your password or user identification;
  • Who can test three-wheeled vehicles;
  • What to do when the distance between the centres of the areas of contact between the wheels and the road surface is less than 460mm;
  • What to do when the distance between the centres of the areas of contact between the wheels and the road surface is 460mm or more;
  • What to check during the retest of a vehicle;
  • What to do during the pre-check;
  • What to do when the vehicle does not have a current MOT and the customer is trying to arrange an appointment;
  • What to do if the vehicle you’re about to test still has 2 months or more remaining on the MOT;
  • Wheel alignment of three-wheeled vehicles.

The MOT Inspection Manual and MOT Testing Guide

  • Major fail items identified during pre-check;
  • What to do if a vehicle required a decelerometer check and dangerous defect has been identified during the test;
  • Equipment failures during the test;
  • Local IT issues during a test;
  • National IT issues with the MOT Testing Service during a test;
  • Training logs;
  • What you must do if you get a criminal conviction;
  • Cessation periods;
  • Action or points awarded if you apply incorrect standards for pass, major and dangerous;
  • What action DVSA may take if you deliberately carry out MOT testing incorrectly or do not follow the procedure in the MOT Testing Guide and Inspection Manual (this information is available in Appendix 8 of the MOT Testing Guide).

Example subjects

  • What to do if a steering damper is fitted;
  • What to do if ABS is fitted but not working;
  • What to do if there is significant parallel misalignment of the road wheels.

The annual MOT exam topics for vehicle classes 4&7 are:
(Group B)

Corrosion and Standards of Repair

  • Identifying and assessing corrosion;
  • Prescribed areas;
  • Non-prescribed areas;
  • Load area;
  • Load bearing and supportive structures;
  • Tow bar mountings;
  • Bonded repairs;
  • Repairs to alloy/steel wheels;
  • Non-metallic structures, such as carbon fibre;
  • Brake pipes;
  • Cab and body mountings;
  • Chassis types.

Classification of Vehicles

  • Non-testable items relating to vehicles identified as mopeds;
  • EU classification of vehicles;
  • What to do when the weight or power output of vehicle presented for MOT test is not known;
  • Seat belt requirements for quadracycles;
  • Identification of quadracycles;
  • The classification of a goods vehicle converted into a motor caravan (for example, seating capacity) and which brake test should be carried out.
  • Which brake test should be carried out on a dual purpose pickup.

Test Procedures

  • Correct use of advisory items;
  • Correct use of the term ‘excessive’;
  • Calibration of equipment;
  • Contingency testing;
  • What to do if you’ve forgotten your password or user identification;
  • Who can test three-wheeled vehicles;
  • What to do when the distance between the centres of the areas of contact between the wheels and the road surface is less than 460mm;
  • What to do when the distance between the centres of the areas of contact between the wheels and the road surface is 460mm or more;
  • What to check during the retest of a vehicle;
  • What to do during the pre-check;
  • What to do when the vehicle does not have a current MOT and the customer is trying to arrange an appointment;
  • What to do if the vehicle you’re about to test still has 2 months or more remaining on the MOT;
  • Who can test class 5 vehicles.

The MOT Inspection Manual and MOT Testing Guide

  • Major fail items identified during pre-check;
  • What to do if a vehicle required a decelerometer check and dangerous defect has been identified during the test;
  • Equipment failures during the test;
  • Local IT issues during a test;
  • National IT issues with the MOT Testing Service during a test;
  • Training logs;
  • What you must do if you get a criminal conviction;
  • Cessation periods;
  • Action or points awarded if you apply incorrect standards for pass, major and dangerous;
  • What action DVSA may take if you deliberately carry out MOT testing incorrectly or do not follow the procedure in the MOT Testing Guide and Inspection Manual (this information is available in Appendix 8 of the MOT Testing Guide).

Example subjects

  • Checking seat belt fitment and condition;
  • Child seats held by isofix, ratchet straps, carabiners, nuts and bolts and also the vehicles own seat belt;
  • Emission and smoke testing temperatures, basic emissions test not passed, diesel vehicle plate limits;
  • Brake testing for class 4 three-wheelers and quadracycles.
Important
The above topics need to cover a minimum of 3 hours and a record of this training must be kept by the MOT tester for inspection by the DVSA. If a tester is qualified as both a Group A and Group B tester, they must carry out a total of 6 hours of training ensuring they cover the minimum requirement of 3 hours per vehicle class group.

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