Chelmsford City Council

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Book an MOT

If you wish to wait in the reception area while we carry out your MOT/Taxi inspection, you need to either register with the NHS Track and Trace app (using our QR code displayed), or provide your name and contact number to our officers. 

We also ask that whilst in the reception area you wear a face covering, and do not arrive for your inspection more than fifteen minutes before your appointment.

Book an MOT

We offer MOTs at our Freighter House test centre.

We do not test motorcycles, three wheelers or quadbikes.

You need to book a timeslot for your MOT online, before you arrive at the test centre.

We have regular timeslots Monday to Friday, and will complete your MOT test while you wait in the public reception area.

We do not complete any repairs to vehicles.

To book an MOT, you will need:

  • to make your booking at least 12 hours before you need the test

  • your name, address and contact details

  • your vehicle registration

  • to pay the correct price for your vehicle type, using a debit or credit card or PayPal. We don't accept American Express

  • the DGW, if your vehicle is a Class 7

Once we receive your booking, we will:

  • acknowledge your booking and payment automatically by email and text message

  • confirm your timeslot

  • send you a reminder 24 hours before your test

On the day of your MOT, you will need to:

  • arrive 15 minutes before your timeslot at:

Freighter House
Drovers Way

  • report to the public reception area when you arrive

  • wait in the public reception area while we carry out your MOT

  • bring your log book

If you cancel your MOT less than 24 hours before your test, we will still charge you the full amount.


MOT prices

Vehicle typeStandard DVSA cost2020-21 prices
Class 4 - Cars (up to 8 passenger seats)£54.85£48.50
Class 4 - Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg DGW)£54.85£48.50
Class 4 - Motor caravans£54.85£48.50
Class 4 - Private passenger vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats)£57.30£50.50
Class 5 - Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (13-16 passengers)£59.55£52.00
Class 7 - Goods vehicles between 3,000kg and 3,500kg DGW£58.60£51.50


Failing your MOT

If your vehicle fails the MOT, you need to take it for repair.

We will carry out a free MOT re-test after repairs if you return within 10 working days of the failure date.

You will still need to book a timeslot before you return for the free re-test.

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Last updated: 30 July 2020

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