At Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council our MOT tests are carried out by trained mechanics, approved by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).

Our test garage is for MOTs only and not repairs, so customers are guaranteed a thorough and fair service.

Checks made during your MOT include:

Picture shows a car and the items to be checked for an MOT
"Thousands of savvy Money Savers have used council test centres and the huge bulk report their cars either consistently passing the test or needing fewer repairs compared to MOTs carried out at other garages."


Appointments must be booked in advance.

The MOT test takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. Your vehicle will be ready 1 hour after your test is booked in. 

For example: Your MOT is booked in for 9am. Your vehicle will be ready to collect at 10am.

Please note: We will not phone you to collect your vehicle. 

Vehicles must be collected by 4.30pm on the day of the test.

Car (under 3,000 KG) Over the phone payment ( and contactless non-discount price both £45
Discount price*  £40
Class 7 vehicle (up to 3.5 tonnes) £56
Retest Free of charge within 10 working days or £15


*Discounts are available to Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council staff and employees of other organisations, including: 

NHS/key workers/care workers

Aspire employees

Staffordshire Police/Staffordshire Fire Service/West Midlands Ambulance Service

Sainsbury's staff

Keele University employees/Newcastle College employees

Jubilee2 Lyme Card holders

Please enquire during booking.


UPDATE - MOT TESTS – Coronavirus

We are continuing to take all the precautions we can to help prevent the spread of the virus. Our priority is the health and well-being of our staff and customers.

Our teams continue to be stringent around hygiene and cleaning regimes including thorough, frequent handwashing.

We have also increased our cleaning measures on our MOT site, particularly for those areas touched regularly by team members and customers.

We are being extra vigilant on personal space and exercising social distancing as much as possible


IMPORTANT: Please do not attend if either you or anyone in your household is symptomatic or you are in self-isolation or quarantine – please call to re-arrange your appointment. You will not be charged for non-attendance in these circumstances.

Please attend alone wherever possible. Only one person will be allowed in the waiting room at any time to reduce the risk to both staff and other customers.


Our Process and Controls

Pre-MOT (booking)

  • To book an MOT call 01782 742666
  • Please arrive at site on your own (we allow only one person with each vehicle) at the pre-booked time


  • Vehicles needs to be clean, sanitised and free from rubbish (food and drink cartons).
  • Please secure all seats belts prior to the test (this reduces the number of points of contact for our testers)
    • Please pre-pay when booking your MOT appointment. If for any reason you’re unable to pre-pay, payment will be taken in Reception prior to the test commencing.

To minimise your time in our centre then please follow the steps below:

  • On arrival use the buzzer at the entrance barrier and in response a member of staff in reception will direct you to the MOT parking spots. Please remain with your vehicle.
  • The MOT tester will meet you at the vehicle.
  • The MOT tester will be wearing fresh latex gloves and will put a fresh seat cover onto the driver’s seat.
  • The vehicle’s keys will be handed over and sanitised.
  •  Unless you have pre-paid for your MOT please go the admin office to pay.
  • You will be asked if you wish to leave the site while the MOT is carried out.  If you do wish to stay on site you may sit in the reception area. Only one person will be allowed to stay on site.
  • If you leave the site, please return at a pre-agreed time to collect the vehicle (55 minutes after the start of the test). The MOT tester will be there with the vehicle to hand over to the customer.
  • You are advised to print off the MOT certificate at home.
    • The MOT tester can provide a pass sheet or a failure sheet if required.
  • Your keys will be wiped over before being returned.


Last updated 7 January 2021

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