MOT classes explained

Friday 5th March 2021

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MOT test classes

Unsure which MOT class your vehicle would belong to? Our dedicated guide on MOT test classes will advise you which class your vehicle would be categorised into, and what types of vehicles are covered in each of the classes.

What MOT class is my vehicle?

When your vehicle has its annual MOT, it will be categorised into one of eight MOT classes. The eight MOT classes are:

Class 1:

Motorcycles, with or without side cars (with an engine size up to 200cc)

Class 2:

Motorcycles, with or without side cars (with an engine size over 200cc)

Class 3:

3-wheel vehicles (up to 450kg of unladen weight)

Class 4: this is the only class which includes multiple vehicles:

  • 3-wheeled vehicles (over 450kg of unladen weight)
  • Motor caravans
  • Cars (of up to 8 passenger seats)
  • Quads (max unladen weight 400kg – for goods vehicles and max net power of 15kb)
  • Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)
  • Dual purpose vehicles
  • Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9-12 passenger seats)
  • Ambulances and taxis
  • Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight)

Class 4a:

Class 4 vehicles (9-12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation check

Class 5:

  • Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (13-16 passenger seats and more than 16 passenger seats)
  • Play buses

Class 5a:

Class 5 vehicles with a seatbelt installation check

Class 7:

Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight)

Source: GOV.UK

How does MOT cost change by classes?

Here at Formula One Autocentres, we offer MOT testing for cars and light commercial vehicles (class 4) – however, MOTs for Class 7 vans and bikes are not available. Our MOTs start from £29.50 – learn more about how much an MOT costs today.

Ready to book in for your MOT test now? Locate your nearest Formula One Autocentre today, or find out more about MOT certificates, how to pass an MOT and more from our MOT advice section.

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