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Adding Vehicle Technical Information to the MOT Testing Service

Adding Vehicle Technical Information to the MOT Testing Service

31 March 2017

Late last year, DVSA announced that they were planning to make technical information available on the MOT testing service. Since then they have been looking at your feedback to develop the feature, which has now been added to the service.

Helping you to test vehicles safely

DVSA want to make sure that the information they have provided helps you to test vehicles safely and correctly, and want to give you all the help you need to make the correct decision.

You’ll now find new information on:

  • steering and suspension including manufacturers design features and tolerances
  • special features, such as how to put an electromechanical parking brake system into bedding mode before roller brake testing
  • the roller brake test, including whether a vehicle can be brake tested using a roller brake tester without causing damage to the vehicle
  • unusual features, such as testing certain vehicle types with the ignition off ensuring that the brake servo is fully charged
  • safety design features
  • other useful tips, like how to jack up some vehicles with air suspension

This first version has advice on how to test around 20% of vehicles, but it will be regularly updated with more information in the future.

‘This vehicle has testing advice’

If you’re testing a vehicle and see the below banner, that means there’s technical information on the testing service to help you.


Once you click the link you’ll be presented with any information available for the vehicle. You can also print it if you need to.

Listening to you

Following your feedback, DVSA are still looking at the possibility of you being able to the add technical information that you know, but still need to look at how this would work and how they could make sure that the information added is correct.

In the meantime, if you have any suggestions on what we need to do to improve this feature then click here to view DVSA’s original blog post and leave a comment on their page.