Scooter and Motorcycle MOT Test Centre

VIP Motorcycles provides MOT testing services in West London for any kind of bike from scooters to sports bike.

MOT is a legal requirement for motorbikes of more than 3 years old. The MOT, tests some important items on your motorcycle to check that they meet the legal standards.

MOT isn’t the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn’t check its general mechanical condition. It is not therefore a guarantee that the vehicle is in a reliable running condition as it does not check the operation of non-safety related features.



When is my MOT test due?

Find out when your MOT is due:


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You can book your MOT online or call us to shedule a suitable time.

What if my MOT has expired?

Without a current MOT certificate, you will be unable to drive your motorbike or scooter lawfully or renew your road tax. The penalty for not having an up to date MOT certificate could be a fine. Also if your bike is involved in an accident you may be asked to produce your MOT certificate. An insurance claim could be affected by the absence of your MOT, especially in the case of injury.

Recent computerisation of the MOT testing system by DVSA means police and mobile camera units can now check remotely to see if your vehicle has a current MOT.

If your MOT has expired just give us a call once booked in and we will make sure you are  covered to ride to the MOT station.


What do I need to take with me?

The only thing you need to bring with you is the vehicle being tested! Our nominated tester will be able to look up your vehicle on the DVSA database to find the existing MOT details.

You can even book MOT tests up to 1 month before your current due date without losing the existing expiry date, essentially giving your 13 months on your MOT instead of 12.

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MOT Tests While you Wait

The MOT test takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. In our MOT test centre, we can provide you with a booking where you can come have a soft drink while your motorcycle or scooter is being tested.


The MOT will test the folllowing parts of your motorbike:

What’s Included in an MOT?

The nominated tester in centre will check the following components to ensure each meets the minimum standard set out by the DVSA before issuing an MOT certificate.

Vehicle Identification Number

The MOT test checks that the Vehicle Identification Number, commonly referred to as the VIN, is present and legibly displayed on the vehicle. The VIN is a unique code including a serial number that is stamped on the vehicle. The location of the VIN varies from one vehicle manufacturer to the next.

Registration plate

The MOT tester will check the condition, security, legibility and the format of letters and numbers on your registration plate. The spacing and lettering on the number plate must meet current regulations and should not be altered in any way.


The MOT test checks the condition, operation, security and colour of your vehicles lights. The test will also check to see if the headlamp aim is correct.

Steering and suspension

The MOT tester will also check the steering and suspension components for correct condition and that the operation is correct.


The MOT test will cover the horn’s operation for effectiveness and suitability.

Fuel system

The fuel system is checked during the MOT test for leaks and that the fuel cap fastens and seals securely.


The MOT test checks your exhaust emissions, ensuring that the vehicle is within the specified guidelines and that the exhaust is complete, secure, without serious leaks and silences effectively.


Vehicle structure and body shell are checked during the MOT test for excessive corrosion or damage in specific areas of the vehicle. Any sharp edge can result in an MOT failure.


The mirrors on your vehicle are checked during the MOT test for condition and security.

Wheels and tyres

The nominated MOT tester will check the vehicle’s wheels and tyres for a number of key points: the condition, security, tyre size and type and tread depth.


The MOT tests the efficiency of the vehicle’s braking performance, condition and operation. Most vehicles are tested on a roller brake tester.


What is an MOT?

MOT testing is required by law on all vehicles in the UK that are 3 years old or more. The annual inspection follows strict criteria set out by the DVSA that determines if your bike is fit for purpose and in a roadworthy condition. The MOT test covers a broad range of vehicle safety checks including lights, tyres, brakes and emissions and can only be carried out by an MOT garage with DVSA-approved examiners.

During the MOT test the nominated tester, a person accredited by the DVSA to assess your vehicle, will conduct a comprehensive inspection to ensure the vehicle is in a roadworthy condition. However, it is not the same as having your vehicle serviced and the MOT test does not check the general mechanical condition of the vehicle. Also, the assessment is based on the condition of the vehicle on the day.

If the vehicle passes, the nominated tester will separately list and inform you of any ‘advisory’ or ‘minor’ items that will require attention in the near future so you can keep an eye on them.

If the vehicle fails, you may be entitled to a free re-test.


How often do you need an MOT?

All vehicles 3 years old or more are required to have a valid MOT test certificate which should be renewed annually. It is your responsibility to ensure your vehicle is examined every 12 months. You can find the expiry date of your MOT on your existing MOT test certificate and you can have your vehicle MOT tested up to 28 days in advance. The expiry date on your new MOT is 12 months from the expiry of your old one rather than 12 months from the day you took the test, so as long as your MOT test is due in the next 28 days, you won’t lose any days for having your vehicle tested early.

MOT - Buying A used motorcycle

Although if you planning to purchase a motorbycle we highly recommend to make sure that the bike has an up to date MOT certificate we would recommend to talk to the VIP Motorcycles team so that you know specifically what you need to look for and what you need to do or arrange a pre-sales inspection.


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  • Should I service my bike before the MOT?

    Servicing your motorbike or scooter befoe the MOT is not necessary. The serving however will ensure that your bike is in tip-top condition before the MOT.

  • How long does it take for the MOT test?

    The MOT test takes approximately an hour.

  • Does my bike need an MOT??

    Any motorbike over three years old needs to have a valid MOT certificate. This means you’ll need to get it tested every year to ensure that the bike is roadworthy and fit to ride

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