HGV MOT check

In order to be sure that your HGV is safe to drive it must undergo an annual HGV MOT check. The checks that are carried out in this annual test also ensure that the vehicle complies with the UK’s road regulations.

The UK government has a useful MOT checking service which allows you to check the status of your vehicle’s MOT and which can be found here.

At MHF (UK) Ltd we offer a comprehensive pre-MOT preparation service to ensure that your vehicle is MOT ready. We can even book your vehicle in for its MOT and deliver it to the testing centre for you. Contact our office to find out more.


Regardless of ownership, the driver is ultimately responsible for ensuring that their HGV undergoes its annual MOT check, with the majority of vehicles requiring testing every year, starting when it is 12 months old (or 12 months from when it was first registered with the DVLA).

This link takes you to the relevant pages to book an MOT for your HGV. There is also advice about booking your vehicle in to be checked before the MOT and testing manuals for different vehicles. Don’t forget that MHF (UK) Ltd offers an MOT booking service to all customers.

The Commercial Vehicle MOT

Commercial vehicles such as HGVs, trailers and buses must have an annual MOT check if they fall in to any of the following categories:

  • · Goods vehicles with a gross weight that exceeds 3,500kg
  • · Vehicles that are built or have been adapted to form part of an articulated vehicle
  • · Semi-trailers
  • · Horseboxes with a gross weight of more than 3,500kg
  • · ‘A’ frame trailers and converter dollies manufactured on or after 1 January 1979
  • · Trailers with an unladen weight of more than 1,020kg with powered braking systems (instead of standard overrun brakes and as well as the required parking brake)
  • · All public service vehicles i.e. buses and coaches with more than 8 passenger seats not including the driver’s seat.

Check form V112/G provides a comprehensive list of the vehicles that are exempt from the HGV MOT – it should be noted that some vehicles may still require a standard MOT.


Trailer MOT check

Trailers also require MOT checks and should usually be tested one year after they were first sold or supplied.


How do you check a HGV’s MOT status?

Anyone can check the MOT status of a vehicle by visiting the DVLA website and using the vehicle enquiry service. This lets you find out if a vehicle has an MOT certificate and when it runs out. All you need is the registration number of the vehicle, which can be found on the number plate.


HGV & Trailer MOT check costs

The cost of vehicle and trailer tests and certificates carried out at authorised testing facilities can be found on the GOV.UK website. These are private facilities although the tests are carried out by Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) assessors.

The cost and duration of trailer MOT checks varies according to the number of axles.

Vehicle TypeCostDuration
2 axle HGV£9140 minutes
3 axle HGV£11345 minutes
4+ axle HGV£13755 minutes
1 axle trailer£4121 minutes
2 axle trailer£5425 minutes
3 axle trailer£6430 minutes
4 axle trailer£6435 minutes
5 axle trailer£6440 minutes

In addition to the cost of the MOT, each vehicle must also pay a lane fee, which unlike MOTs is subject to VAT. The cost of the lane fee varies from site to site but is roughly £50 for a rigid vehicle and £38 for trailers.

Full details, including cost and duration of re-tests and part-paid re-tests can be found here.


HGV MOT exemptions

An HGV will be classed as being exempt from needing an MOT if the vehicle was manufactured and first registered before 1960 as long as it hasn’t been modified much since its first registration.

Vehicles may be awarded an MOT exemption certificate if they are powered by electricity and were registered before 2015. However, these vehicles must undergo an annual roadworthiness test if they are to be used for commercial purposes.

Vehicles which weigh over 3,500kg (or which fall in to type approval categories N2, N3, 03, 04 or T) are exempt from goods vehicle testing.

In total there are 36 categories of vehicle that are exempt from MOT testing, and these can be found on form V112G. For any clarification or queries about HGV MOT exemptions you should contact the DVSA.

It is always considered good practice to continue to put a vehicle through an MOT test on a voluntary basis even if it holds an exemption certificate as this will help to ensure that it remains in a roadworthy condition.

It should also be noted that a voluntary test may be required if a vehicle is to be sold and a registration number is to be transferred from a vehicle.

If your vehicle is exempt from HGV annual MOT checks, form V112G may be completed and taken to the Post Office when you are applying for road tax for the vehicle.


What is the MOT extension check?

During the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK Government announced a 6-month extension to the MOT testing regime in an effort to reinforce the lockdown measures that had been introduced.

If a vehicle’s MOT expired between March 30th 2020 and July 31st 2020, a 6 month extension was automatically applied to the existing certificate’s expiry date. The MOT extension could then be checked online.

The MOT extension scheme came to an end on 31st July 2020 and since then, vehicles have had to have a 12-month MOT certificate as before. Anyone caught driving without a valid MOT certificate will be fined.

Due to the MOT extension scheme expiring, DVSA was faced with a backlog of MOTs. It is estimated that the number of vehicles on the road in an unroadworthy condition increased significantly.

RAC research suggests that there may have been a backlog of around 2 million vehicles still waiting reassessment in April 2021. However this will now have been cleared and whilst Covid-19 remains there are no further plans to reintroduce the MOT extension.

If you are unable to take your vehicle for a planned MOT test and this will cause your MOT to expire, you must SORN your vehicle and take it off public roads until an MOT can be obtained.

In order to keep your vehicle in a roadworthy condition between its MOT tests, why not follow the MHF Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness?



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