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MOT (Taxi licensing)

As an accredited MOT testing station we cater to vehicles of all sizes. Our comfortable waiting room, equipped with sofas, TV’s and freshly ground coffee are available for you to sit in comfort whilst we carry out your MOT. Usual MOT’s tend to take between 30 mins and 1 hour.

Any vehicle that receives payment for carrying passengers must have passed a taxi licence test. Applications for taxi licences should be made six weeks before a taxi licence is needed.

Where the vehicle is made to carry eight passengers or less along with the driver it is categorised as a taxi. If the vehicle has more than eight passenger seats it is categorised as a mini bus.

 

What’s different?

 

In May 2016, A new taxi licence test took the place of the old ‘Public Service Vehicle’ (PSV) test. The taxi licence test is more strenuous than the usual MOT and is now compulsory if the vehicle is to be used on public roads as a taxi.

 

Test requirements

Vehicles that come for a taxi licence test will be presented with a roadworthiness (MOT type) inspection.  As a passenger transport vehicle, requirements will include but aren’t exclusive to:

 

  • No more than eight passenger seats
  • A sufficient fire extinguisher mounted and placed conveniently as possible for immediate use where necessary.
  • A suitable spare wheel and the tools needed to fit it – a post puncture repair kit is sufficient where the original vehicle has not been supplied with the facility to hold a spare wheel
  • Class A taxis require a roof sign with a yellow background to the front and rear
  • Class B taxis require a roof sign with a white background to the front and a yellow background to the rear
  • A Class B taxi should show the wheelchair accessibility logo on the roof sign and on the wheelchair access door
  • A permanent top and two doors located on each side
  • Valid taxi insurance
  • Approved taximeter fitted and sealed by the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA)

YOUR MOT. WHAT'S INVOLVED?

Just bring your vehicle to our MOT centre in Sheffield and we’ll assign you a dedicated MOT tester. They’ll then keep you up to date as to the progress of your MOT at each stage; over the phone or via email; whichever you prefer.

FAILED YOUR MOT? DON'T WORRY!

If your vehicle does not meet the standard set out by the DVSA it will fail its MOT.  At this point your dedicated MOT tester will provide you with a full report, detailing each reason for failure; along with the costs to put everything right again.

Once we’ve put everything right again, we’ll happily retest your vehicle for free.

Frequently Asked Questions

We don’t expect you to know everything about MOT’s so we’ve put together a few commonly ask questions and answers below to put your mind at ease.

I can't remember my MOT date, what do I do?

Go to https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-status and complete your vehicle details; you’ll soon find out what the date is. If you get stuck, give us a call and we’ll be happy to check for you.

When should I book my MOT?

An MOT can be carried out up to one calendar month prior to the expiry date of your existing MOT certificate, whilst still preserving the anniversary of the expiry date. If you have your test carried out a month before the due date, your MOT is effectively valid for 13 months.

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