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Motorbike MOT Tests ChelmsfordSLP Autos is a VOSA approved Motorbike MOT test centre in Boreham, Chelmsford. We are authorised to perform MOT tests and issue test certificates for motorcycles.

The law requires everyone who uses a motorbike on the road to keep it in a roadworthy condition at all times. Once a year, roadworthiness is checked by means of an MOT test in the interests of road safety and the environment.

Booking your Motorbike MOT test

Booking your motorbike in for an MOT test could not be easier. You can either call into our MOT test centre or contact us by phone, email or through the use the Request A Booking page and we will book an appointment for a time and day that suits you.

The most common reasons for failing a motorcycle MOT test are having a licence plate that is the wrong size, and not having a rear reflector. Please make sure you have both of these right and do a thorough check of your vehicle before booking your test.

Please contact our Customer Service team to book your motorcycle MOT Test on:

01245 464 869

or click here to
Request A Booking

The Motorcycle MOT Test

The comprehensive motorcycle MOT looks at some important parts of your motorbike to ensure that they meet the key legal minimum requirements at the time of testing. You should be aware that the MOT certificate is not a guarantee of the general mechanical condition of a vehicle.

More information on the MOT test for motorbikes can be found on the website here

The MOT Test & The Law

Any vehicle that is over 3 years old is required by law to have an annual MOT Test. This is a safety check to ensure the vehicle meets the minimum safety level required set out by the Ministry of Transport and authorised by a government body called VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency). As a vehicle owner it is your responsibility to ensure that the vehicle is examined and passes the test every 12 months.

Without a current MOT certificate it is illegal to drive your vehicle, you cannot renew your road tax disc and your insurance is likely to be invalidated. If your vehicle is involved in a road accident you will usually be asked to prove that you have a current MOT certificate. Any resulting insurance claim could be declined on the basis of the absence of a current MOT, especially in the case of injury.

The VOSA database is available to the police and road camera units can now verify if your vehicle has a current MOT; so you could easily find yourself in trouble if you have failed to renew your MOT certificate. The penalty for not having an up to date MOT test certificate is usually a fine and points on your driving licence.

What does the motorbike MOT test include?

An MOT test includes both the safety of your vehicle and the level of emissions coming from the exhaust. In accordance with VOSA requirements, your MOT test will include checks on the following items (click each item for more information):

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
As part of the MOT test we must check the VIN is legibly displayed on your vehicle.
Vehicle Registration Plate
Our MOT tester will check the security and legibility of your registration plate according to the law.
The MOT test requires a check of the condition, operation, colour, security and orientation of the headlights, rear lights, indicators and reflectors.
Steering and Suspension
Our MOT tester will perform a check on the condition of the components of your steering and suspension system to ensure the security and operation of these is safe.This includes; forks, handlebars, grips mountings, head bearings, swinging arm, shock absorbers and damping effect etc.
Wheels and Tyres
Our MOT tester will check the wheels and tyres on your vehicle to ensure the tyres are the correct type, size, valve condition and tread depth.
We will check the motorbike’s frame is free from cracks, damage, distortion or corrosion which is likely to affect the steering or braking.
An MOT test requires us to test the efficiency of your motorcycles brake performance to ensure the brakes perform and operate safely.
Exhaust System
As part of the MOT test we must also check the exhaust emissions from your motorcycle to ensure that they are within the required limits. The exhaust must also be complete, without leaks, silencing effectively and securely fitted.
Fuel System
Our MOT tester will check to ensure that the fuel system is not leaking and that the fuel cap seals and fastens securely.
We  will check the riders seat and any additional seating to make sure they are securely fitted and safe to use.
Wheel Alignment
Our MOT tester will check that the motorcycle’s wheels are correctly aligned.
Sidecars (when fitted)
A check of these includes inspecting attachment, alignment, suspension, wheel bearings, wheel alignment, lights and tyres.
The MOT tester will check the operation of your motorbike’s horn is working effectively.
Drive Chain & Sprocket`
Our tester is also required to check the chain is not too loose/tight or worn, sprockets for wear, chain guard for security.
Check to ensure it is functioning safely and in good condition.
Clutch Lever
Check to ensure it is not so bent,damaged or shortened that it cannot be readily operated.
A check to ensure that they safely and securely fitted in good condition.

What happens after the motorbike MOT test?

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If your motorbike passes the MOT test a VT20 ‘pass’ certificate will be issued and your motorbike is considered officially safe to drive in the eyes of the law. In the interests of your safety any items that are not quite a failure, but worth keeping an eye on, are highlighted as ‘advisory’ items.


If the motorbike does not meet the required standard and fails the MOT test; a VT30 document is issued and our MOT tester will explain to you the reasons why your motorbike has failed the test. We will then provide you with a quotation for the parts and labour needed for your motorbike to achieve a pass. At SLP Autos we offer our customers a free MOT re-test on their vehicle if it is completed within 10 days.

Please contact our Customer Service team to book your MOT Test on:

01245 464 869

or click here to
Request A Booking