Whilst Class 4 MOT tests are the most common on all passenger cars, Class 7 MOTs are a valuable form of MOT testing for larger commercial goods vehicles. 

If you would like to learn more about MOT testing for Class 7 vehicles, then this is the perfect article for you. 


What Is a Class 7 MOT?

Class 7 MOTs apply to commercial vehicles with a gross weight of 3,000kg to 3,500kg. Larger vans like the Ford Transit fall under this category. 

You can refer to the V5 registration document or handbook if you are at all uncertain if your vehicle aligns with this weight category.

Alternatively, you can contact your vehicle manufacturer’s customer service department and provide them with your vehicle details, including the vehicle identification number (VIN). 


A white van parked by the roadside surrounded by mountains.

A van like this one would need a Class 7 MOT each year.


What Happens During a Class 7 MOT?

During a Class 7 MOT test, a certified MOT tester will inspect the condition of several key components of your vehicle. The function of your service brakes, parking brakes, secondary brakes and anti-lock braking system will be checked. The MOT tester will also look at the steering wheel, column, forks and yokes. 

Anything that could impact the driver’s visibility is another major focus during a Class 7 MOT test. The MOT tester will inspect the condition of your windscreen and wipers, as well as your field of vision and bonnet catchers. 

In addition to these aforementioned aspects, a Class 7 MOT test will inspect the following components:

  • Airbags
  • Axles
  • Body
  • Bodywork
  • Bumpers
  • Doors
  • Electrical equipment
  • Electronic stability control
  • Exhaust system
  • Floor
  • Horn
  • Reflectors
  • Seats
  • Seat belts
  • Speedometer
  • Structure
  • Suspension
  • Tyres
  • Wheels

In terms of environmental checks, a Class 7 MOT test will also monitor your exhaust emissions, as well as the vehicle’s noise levels. A Class 7 MOT test will also look for any fluid leaks.


Does My Vehicle Need an MOT?

An MOT test is an annual legal requirement which should not be ignored. If your vehicle is 3 years old, be sure to book an MOT test for your Class 7 vehicle ahead of your current MOT certificate expiry date. 

All Class 7 vehicles will need an annual MOT - starting 3 years from the date of registration.

You will only be exempt from this if your vehicle is over 40 years old, and hasn't been significantly changed in the last 30 years


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We hope that you have enjoyed learning about MOT testing for Class 7 vehicles.