Class 4 and 7 MOTs explained

Class 4 and 7 MOTs explained 28th August 2014

If your vehicle is three years old or more then you legally have to take it for an MOT to continue to use it on the road. This ensures that your car, 4×4 or van can meet minimum requirements in terms of environmental standards and road safety.

Should you fail to take your vehicle for its MOT every year then you will face a fixed penalty if you are caught using it on the road once your certificate runs out.

There are different types of MOT available depending on the kind of vehicle that you are driving. A class four MOT is the most common one conducted, while a class seven MOT is conducted on commercial goods vehicles that carry between 3,000 kg and 3,500 kg in weight.

The class four MOT needs to be done on cars that can carry up to eight passengers, motor caravans, three-wheeled vehicles that weigh more than 450 kg, quads that are a maximum of 400 kg of unladen weight, goods carrying quads with a weight limit of 500 kg and maximum net power of 15 kw, dual purpose vehicles, private hire and public service vehicles with up to eight seats, ambulances, taxis and private passenger vehicles and ambulances with between nine and 12 passenger seats.

You can book in for an MOT at your nearest ATS Euromaster centre, where an expert technician will be able to complete this test in about 60 minutes and conduct any minor repairs if need be or tell you if there are any major faults.

A class four and class seven test involves having a range of aspects of your car checked. These include your vehicle identification number, your lights, the steering and suspension, your registration plate, the windscreen, your wipes, your washer bottles, the horn, all seatbealts and seats, the mirrors, your brakes, your wheels, your tyres, the bodywork on your doors, the fuel system and the level of emissions that your vehicle produces.

Posted by Danielle Barge