Horsebox MOT
Check the list of common defects outlined in the VOSA guide for horsebox owners before taking the Horsebox MOT test. The list includes many of the common defects that are cause for denying the MOT certificate to horsebox owners. Most of the common defects listed there can be remedied with regular use and maintenance of the Vehicle.

Preparation for Your Horsebox MOT Test

•    All Vehicles must be tested annually. You can book your test a year in advance by contacting your nearest testing station or by calling up the VOSA hotline at 0870 6060 440. 
•    The test requires you drive your own vehicle unless expressly told otherwise.
•    It may be a good idea to load a significant cargo into your horsebox in the form of bales of hay, sacks of fertilizer or feed bags just not any live cargo. This is so the inspectors at the centre can perform a proper inspection of the braking system.
•    Inform the inspectors at the station of any adjustments you have made to the horsebox since the last annual inspection.
•    Read the guide for horsebox owners provided by the VOSA.
•    Should you fail the annual test you will have to remove your vehicle and return when all faults are remedied.
•    If the faults with your vehicle prove serious enough you may not be permitted to take your vehicle on the open road. In such a case repairs may be done within the testing station.
•    Any results you feel are unjust can be appealed. Ask the inspector assigned to your case for details on how to initiate the appeals process.
•    Your appeal must be sent to the address given on the form or to testing station that conducted the inspection. 
•    There is an appeal fee that must be paid.

A thorough inspection by a qualified mechanic could also facilitate approval by the testing station and their inspectors. Also included in the VOSA guide to Horsebox owners is a list of questions to ask your mechanic. A trip to the mechanic is the best way to avoid the most common obstacles horsebox owners face in obtaining a passing grade for their vehicles.
All vehicles must be tested before they can be deemed safe for use on public highways and thoroughfares. Vehicles dedicated to the transportation of livestock are not exempt from this rule; as a matter of fact horseboxes must be routinely inspected to ensure they are not a danger to the driver, equine cargo or any other motorists.

In preparation for your horsebox MOT test here are some useful pointers to consider ensuring the best results from your annual inspection with VOSA.