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Watford now has a new MOT bay for Class 1 & 2 vehicles, which in basic terms is mopeds, motorcycles & motorcycles with a sidecar, HOWEVER trikes & Quads are not included.

 Currently bookings are being taken from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday & 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday, this may change as the year passes, but hopefully the website will be updated asap...

If your bike does not have a current MOT & you wish to ride it to the testing station you must ensure we have all the required details of your bike, the rider & a booked MOT time to make it legal for you to ride the bike to AVSCO.

Please ensure your bike is clean before you bring it down & you have checked it out to the best of your abilities as this may save you time & money having to return after rectification work has been done. Also consider that if you ask us to fix any failure points these cannot always be done on demand so your bike may be off the road for a few days.

If you have a small number plate or a 'not for road use' exhaust, or other aftermarket modifications that are not legal, please fit the originals before presenting the bike for its test

The Fee for solo bikes is £29.50

Your motorbike and the MOT

The law requires that everyone who uses a vehicle on the road must keep it in a roadworthy condition at all times. Once a year, roadworthiness is checked in the interests of road safety and the environment by the test we know as the “MOT”.

The MOT looks at some important items on your motorbike to see that they meet the key legal minimum requirements at the time of test. You should be aware that the MOT certificate is not a guarantee of the general mechanical condition of a vehicle.

What is included in the MOT test?


Components to be inspected

Lights: condition, operation, security and correct colour of headlamp(s), rear lights, indicators and reflectors. Also the headlamp(s) will be
checked to see if the aim is correct.

Steering/suspension: condition, security and operation, including forks, handlebars, grips mountings, head bearings, swinging arm, shock
absorbers and damping effect etc.

Wheels and tyres: wheel condition and security, tyre condition, size/type, fitment, tread depth and valve condition.

Frame: free from cracks, damage, distortion or corrosion which is likely to affect the steering or braking. 

Braking: condition, operation and performance (efficiency test), brake controls.

Exhaust system: complete,secure and not too noisy.

Fuel system: for leaks and security of components.

Seats: Riders seat for presence and any seat for security.

Wheel alignment: correct alignment of front and rear wheels.

Sidecars (when fitted): includes checks on; attachment, alignment, suspension, wheel bearings, wheel alignment, lights and tyres.

Horn: correct operation and the correct type.

Registration plates/vehicle identification/frame no: present, legible.

Drive chain and sprocket: Chain not too loose/tight or worn, sprockets for wear, chain guard for security.

Throttle: correct operation.

Clutch lever: not so bent,damaged or shortened that it cannot be readily operated.

Footrests: for presence and security.

An MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test, without dismantling, the vehicle met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. It does not mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the life of the certificate. The test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox. 

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