MOTs are needed for nearly all vehicles in the UK, but there are different classes for different types of vehicle. For example, for a normal family car that can carry up to a maximum of eight passengers, a Class 4 MOT is required. This is by far the most common type of MOT that is carried out. But, what vehicles fall under the Class 7 MOT? Let’s take a look at this in a little more detail, with help from Class 7 MOT Reading.
A Class 7 MOT is usually needed for vehicles that weight between 3000 and 3500 kilograms. Usually, this weight range includes your commercial vans, such as the Ford Transit, Renault Traffic and the Mercedes Sprinter.
If you are not 100% sure of the weight of your vehicle, fear not, because the weight of your vehicle will likely be detailed in your vehicle handbook. If you don’t have this handbook to hand, a quick search online will likely result in you being able to find your weight. But, make sure the information provided is accurate, as the weights of vehicles vary depending on the year they were made, as well as things such as the make, model and VIN of the vehicle. This will allow you to determine what class of MOT that your vehicle needs.
Another way to check is by looking at your vehicle’s ministry plate. Make sure you do not use the manufacturer’s plate.
Are There Vehicles That Don’t Need an MOT?
Surprisingly enough, there are certain types of vehicle that don’t need an MOT. Of course, vehicles that are under 3 years of age do not require an MOT, which is common knowledge, but there are others, such as:
- Cars and motorcycles that were manufactured before the 1st of January 1960
- Motorized tractors
- Electric goods vehicles
- Private hire vehicles or, what are known as “hackney carriages”, which are usually taxed by local authorities
- Vehicles that are used by the police, but only if they are maintained in an authorised workshop.
There is a maximum fee associated with a Class 7 MOT, which is currently £58.60. The maximum fee a garage can charge for a Class 4 MOT is £54.85. These fees are regularly reviewed, so keep an eye on the maximum charge, so you are not overcharged.
If you are in need of a Class 7 MOT for your van, we would recommend that you contact Fix My Van Reading who provide excellent MOTs.