Council run MOT centres

Discussion in 'Vehicle Related FAQs' started by dan98, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. dan98 Forum Member

    Jan 8, 2004
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    United Kingdom
    Apologies if info has already been posted on this (I did a search)
    Does everyone here know about Council MOT test centres - they only do the test and not any work on the car, thereby have no interest in unduly failing stuff.

    Last year was so hacked off at the 500 quid MOT/repair bill on my 8v (Im totally convinced they ripped me off royally but didnt have the time to investigate or take elsewhere)

    Tried one of these places this year and it sailed through for the first time ever....:thumbup:

    Any other experiences?


    Here's the list:
    Aberdeenshire Powis Terrace, Kittybrewster, Aberdeen 01224 489324 / 01224 489413
    Aberdeenshire Inverurie 01467 627538
    Aberdeenshire Mintlaw 01771 623197
    Aberdeenshire Stonehaven 01569 763274
    Angus Dundee Contract Services, 353 Clepington Road, Dundee 01382 434773
    Bedfordshire County Council Vehicle Depot, London Rd Bedford 08453 656150
    Bedfordshire Fleet Transport, Central Depot, Kingsway, Luton, Beds, LU4 8AU 01582 546839
    Bristol Sandy Park Rd , Brislington, Bristol 01179 036319
    Bristol Broad Lane, Engine Common, Yate, Bristol BS37 7PN 01454 863920
    Buckinghamshire Synergy Park, Chesney Wold, Bleak Hall, Milton Keynes, MK6 1LY 01908 252845
    Cambridgeshire City Services Transport Depot, Mill Rd, Cambridge, CB1 2AZ 01223 458265
    Cambridgeshire Peterborough City Council Depot, Nursery Lane, Fengate, Peterborough, PE1 5BG 01733 425419
    Cardiff Clair Road, Cardiff 02920 343581
    Carmarthenshire Trostre Depot, Trostre Road, LLanelli, SA14 9RA 01554 784 138
    Ceredigion Glanyrafon Ind Est, Llanbadam Aberysthwyth, Cerdigion 01970 636713
    Cheshire Wilderspool Causeway, Warrington WA4 6PT 01925 634296
    Cheshire Direct Services, Pyms Lane, Crewe & Nantwich 01270 537777
    Cheshire Lowerhouse Lane Depot, Runcorn tbc
    Cheshire Lowerhouse Lane Depot, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 7AW tbc
    Cheshire Newby Road Industrial Estate, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 5DA 0161 482 7235
    Cornwall Cornwall Transport Organisation Engineering, Cornwall County Council Workshops, Bodmin 01872 327827
    Cornwall Cornwall Transport Organisation Engineering, Cornwall County Council Workshops, Scorrier 01872 327335
    County Durham Service Direct depot, St Johns Road, Meadowfield Industrial Estate, Durham, DH7 8YQ 01913 862714
    County Durham Local Environmental Services Central Depot, Park Road, Gateshead, NE8 3HN 01914 337433
    Cumbria Rome Street, Bousteads Grassing, Carlisle tbc
    Derbyshire County Transport, Ripley Rd, Ambergate 01773 856667
    Derbyshire County Transport, Brimington Rd North, Chesterfield 01246 450705
    Derbyshire County Transport, Halstead Garage, Buxton 01298 813141
    Devon Ivybridge MOT Centre, Blachford Road, Ivybridge PL21 0AE 01752 698835
    Devon Aspen Way, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7QR 01803 402 966
    Dorset Wanchard Lane, DT2 9RP 01305 228132
    Edinburgh CEC Fleet Services, Gorgie, Russel Rd 01313 372307
    Essex Langston Road, Epping Forest, IG10 3UE 0208 532 0357
    Essex Coval Lane, Chelmsford 01245 435108
    Essex Rainham Road North, Barking & Dagenham, RM10 02082 272614
    Essex Vehicle Servicing, Westside Centre, London Rd , Stanway, Colchester 01206 282624
    Fife Fleet Services, Denburn Yrd, KY1 2HD 01592 551199 (switchboard)
    Glasgow MOT Inspection Centre, 73 Hawthorn Street 01412 87 3326/3328
    Gloucestershire Swindon Rd Depot, Cheltenham 01242 264184
    Gloucestershire LeyDat Services, Unit G5 Innsworth Technology Park, Innsworth 01452 731263
    Hampshire Albert Rd North (City Council), Southampton 02380 834362
    Hampshire Eastleigh Borough Council,Hedge End Depot, Botley Road, Hedge End, SO30 2RA 02380 688389
    Kent The Forstal, Beddow Way, Kent, ME20 7BT 01622 605 800
    Kent County Workshops, The Forstal, Forstal Road, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7HB 01622 605800
    Lanarkshire Old Edinburgh Rd, Bellshill, ML4 3JF 01698 506284
    Lancashire Cowpen Lane Depot, Cowpen Lane, Billingham, Stockton-on-tees, TS23 4DD 01642 527167
    Lancashire Operational Services Depot, Moorhey Street, Oldham 0161 770 4446
    Lancashire Hindley Depot, Wigan 01942 705122
    Lancashire Hardshaw Brook Depot, Parr Street, St Helens, Merseyside 01744 456757
    Lancashire Stretton Way Depot, Huyton Industrial Estate, Knowsley, L36 6JF 0151 443 2816
    Lancashire Dewhurst Row, Holme Road, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6BB 01772 620 933
    Lancashire Layton Depot, Plymouth Road, Blackpool, FY3 7HW 01253 476291
    Lancashire Transport Services & Vehicle Workshop, Bradley Fold Depot, Bradley Fold Trading Estate, Bradley Fold Road, Bolton, BL2 6RS 01612 536699 / 0161 253 6662
    Leicestershire 84 Syston Street East, Cobden Industrial Estate, Leicester, LE1 2JW 01162 519185
    London Mill Hill Depot, Barnet, London 0208 3595103
    London Tower Hamlets Vehicle Workshop, Silvocea Way, Blackwall, London, UK, E14 0JJ 02073 641069
    London Waltham Forest Transport Services, Low Hall Depot, Argall Avenue, London, E10 7AS 02084 962555
    London Rutlish Auto Care Centre, 144 Kingston Road, Merton, London, SW19 1LY 02085 423269
    London 1 Dormay Street, Frogmore Complex, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1EY 0208 8716761
    London Fleet Management, Birchmere Depot, Birchmere Business Site, Eastern Way, Thamesmead, Greenwich, London, SE28 8BF 02089 214561
    London Bridge Rd Depot, Pears Rd, Hounslow, TW3 1SQ 02085 835430
    Midlothian 80b High Street, Bonnyrigg 01316 603486
    Northumberland Newington Road, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne 01912 783867
    Northumberland Northumberland County Council, Morpeth 01670 510153
    Nottinghamshire Rolleston Drive Workshops, Arnold, Nottingham 01159 567420
    Oxfordshire Transport Services Division, Cowley Marsh Depot, Marsh Road, Oxford, OX4 2HH 01865 252900
    Oxfordshire Thorpe Lane Depot, Cherwell 01295 221940
    Pembrokeshire Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SA73 2RR 01437 764 551 ext 5938
    Pembrokshire Unit 28, Thornton, Industrial Estate, Pembrokshire, SA73 2RR 01437 775 440
    Powys Ffrwdgrech DSO Depot, Ffrwdgrech Industrial Estate, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8DR 01597 826000
    (ask for Vehicle Maintenance workshops in Brecon)
    Redcar & Cleveland Limerick Rd, Dormanstown 01642 444979
    South Ayshire McCalls Avenure, AYR 01292 267802
    Staffordshire Beacon Business Park, Weston Road, Stafford 01785 854832 / 01785 854833
    Staffordshire Northwood, Stoke On Trent 01782 232297
    Suffolk Lodge Lane, Great Blackenham, Nr Ipswich 01473 588600
    Suffolk Rougham, Industrial Estate, Bury St Edmunds 01359 270777
    Suffolk Blythe Rd Industrial Estate, Halesworth 01984 874427
    Surrey Factory Lane, Croydon 02082 552758
    Surrey Woking Road, Guildford 01483 445091
    Sussex Colas 01273 815850
    Sussex Accord, Broadbridge Heath Depot, Worthing Rd, Horsham 01403 211246
    Sussex Eastbourne Buses, Birch Road, Eastbourne 01323 418077
    Tyneside S. Tyneside Council, Middlefields, Heddon Way, Tyne Dock, South Shields, NE34 0NT 0191 427 2024
    Warwickshire County Fleet Maintenance, Unit 6, Coleshill Depot, Coleshill Hth Road, Coleshill, B46 3HL 01675 464888
    Warwickshire St. Marys Road Depot, St. Marys Road, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV11 5AR 024 7637 6031 ext. 6031
    West Dunbartonshire Richmond Street, Clydebank 01389 738741
    West Lothian tbc 01506 775000
    West Midlands Montague Street, Bordesley, Birmingham, B9 4BA 0121 303 3311
    West Midlands 259 London Rd, Coventry, CV3 4AR 02476 832147
    West Midlands Fleet Services Public Works Depot, Norfolk Place, Bloxwich Road, Walsall, WS2 7BA 01922 653716
    Wiltshire Calne Test Station 01249 812351
    Wiltshire VOSA Test Station, Wiltshire County Council, Devizes 01380 725854
    Wiltshire (by 2012) The MOT Centre, Audley Road, Chippenham tbc
    Worcestershire Six Ways Depot, Worcester 01905 753000
    Yorkshire Shearbridge Depot, Shearbridge Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1PU 01274 431000
    Yorkshire Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesborough 01642 264586
    Yorkshire Amos Fleet, Battinson Rd, Halifax 01422 355419
    Yorkshire Vine Street, Huddersfield, Kirklees, West Yorkshire HD1 6NT 01484 223 127
    Yorkshire Staveley House, Stockholm Road, Hull, HU7 0XW tbc
    Yorkshire 225a York Road, Leeds, LS9 7QQ 01132 143161
    Yorkshire Claro Rd, Harrogate 01423 556877
    Yorkshire Kirklees Council, George St, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire tbc
    Yorkshire Newton Bar Depot, Wakefield 01924 306431
    Yorkshire Vehicle & Plant, North Bridge Doncaster, DN5 9AN 01302 736851
  2. RIP-MK3 Forum Addict

    Jan 15, 2007
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    sunbury on thames
    didn't know they did them over here, in spain they are the only places that can mot - much farer imo and the garages still get the repair work which is where the money is for them anyway
  3. andymark1 Forum Member

    Oct 22, 2003
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    Yes heard Nothing but good things about Council MOT centers..

    Can we have this as a STICKY:thumbup:
  4. Finite

    Finite Paid Member Paid Member

    Nov 20, 2004
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    Where I take mine the guy is the other way and doesn't seem to notice when load proportioning valves are faulty (two other vehicles), not really bothered about rusty pipes either or condensation in the headlamps.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2008
  5. Matt82

    Matt82 Forum Addict

    Apr 26, 2006
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    GTI Scene
    he is "understanding" then?
  6. 2dubnick Forum Junkie

    Nov 22, 2006
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    my MOT centre is very very understanding, however the above list is very helpful!
  7. lard44 Forum Member

    Apr 6, 2008
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    Bishops Stortford
    My only concern is that if your car fails an MOT then you're not allowed to drive it are you - even if you had a couple of weeks left on the old ticket.

    If they're not going to do the work how do you legally get your car out if you fail?
  8. cockney chris

    cockney chris Forum Member

    Feb 9, 2007
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    glad to say I've had two cars pass in the last three weeks so am a happy man.
  9. WillG

    WillG Forum Member

    Mar 18, 2007
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    you can drive a car to a test centre with no MOT so why can't you drive it out if it fails?

    Nice list though, something to keep in mind :thumbup:
  10. dan98 Forum Member

    Jan 8, 2004
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    United Kingdom
    According to the MOT chap, youre legally alright as long as youre going to/from a booked repair or test.
    Hope that helps,
  11. prof Forum Addict

    Oct 23, 2003
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    Suffragette City
    i always use council test centre, great lads, but don't miss much
  12. RIP-MK3 Forum Addict

    Jan 15, 2007
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    sunbury on thames
    at least if you do get a big list of things to put right, you a)know they were needed b)know your car is now safe c) arn't constantly questioning whether you were ripped off
  13. Admin Guest

    don't see why not,
    will amend the title and move it over.:thumbup:
  14. andygti25 New Member

    Oct 14, 2008
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    i'd never heard of these things before and im a mot tester. you can still drive your car if it fails providing you still have time left on your previous test as the pass over powers the fail. its one of them stupid grey areas that vosa like.
  15. Trev16v

    Trev16v Paid Member Paid Member

    Oct 22, 2003
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    Useful list to have, but to be honest I'm grateful for the fact that the local MOT station that I use is completely straight and honest with MOTs. They'd have no motivation to fabricate any failures anyhow because they know I do all the repairs.
  16. StuMc

    StuMc Moderator and Regional Host - Manchester Moderator

    Nov 12, 2004
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    50? 20` 47 N - 06? 57` 57 E
    Totally agree.

    The place I use is very `understanding` of minor things, but are completely straight when it comes to critical stuff like brakes, suspension, structural stuff, etc.

    Either way they know I undertake any work myself, so have no motivation to fail something because they think they can make money out of it.

    I recently had them test the ex`s car, and it failed on rear brakes (which I had them sort out) and various minor electrical faults.

    When it went for re-test they just plugged it in and went for lunch, since they knew I had sorted it out and didn`t need to check. (They had tested the brakes when they`d been adjusted, so they were known to be fine).

    I think the best solution all round is to find a good, friendly tester, who knows you`ll do any work yourself, but will fix anything you can`t for a decent price.
  17. voteforpedro Forum Member

    Feb 26, 2007
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    Took my A4 there after I finished the control arms.

    Bayside Garage (non-council):

    Booked the car in, left it with them, had a phone call three hours later saying it failed on control arms and advised on rear wheel bearings. Didn't show me the play on the car. Changed a control arm on one side but couldn't find the play on the other side. Took it back for retest within a week and said I couldn't find play. Asked if he could PHONE ME when it was on the ramp so I could come see what he was talking about. Got a phone call three hours later saying it failed again but they never showed it me, on the ramp or on the group. Very devious. Cost was 50.

    Council Workshops:

    Booked it in same day and dropped it off about 3PM. He started on it right away and I walked home. Got back 40 minutes later and he'd finished. He kept it up on the air and showed me the underside of the car. He said he'd checked all of the bolts on the control arms to check they were solid and torqued up correctly. He checked the CV joint that I separated and said it was fine. He showed me the play in the rear wheels and offered to FIX THEM FOR FREE if I had the lock nut tool. I didn't. :( Cost was 40.

    Verdict? [:)}
  18. monza 16v Forum Member

    Nov 2, 2003
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    Saor Alba
    I use the one in Russel Road, Edinburgh. Top boys.

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