Vehicle Roadworthiness Test in Gibraltar

Find out about the compulsory roadworthiness test for your car or other motor vehicle in Gibraltar: why, when, where and how to get it done...

A roadworthiness test (MOT) is compulsory for all private vehicles over four years old, and very two years thereafter. Public service vehicles and goods vehicles must be tested annually, or every six months when they are more than 12 years old. The roadworthiness test determines whether a vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards, and it is illegal to drive a vehicle that has not passed the roadworthiness test.

An appointment for a roadworthiness test can be booked online. To book online the following information is required:

  • Number plate (vehicle registration number)
  • Log book number
  • Credit or debit card to pay for the test

Alternatively, the test can be booked at the Transport Department office:

  • At: Eastern Beach Road, Gibraltar
    Tel: 200 51603

Taking the Roadworthiness Test

The roadworthiness test takes place at the test centre of the Transport Department headquarters. Only cars registered in Gibraltar can be tested at the Gibraltar test centre – it is not possible to take the test if the vehicle has Spanish or UK mainland number plates.

During the roadworthiness test, the following items are checked to ensure that the vehicle meets legal requirements:

  • Body and vehicle structure
  • Exhaust system and exhaust emissions
  • Fuel system
  • Seat belts
  • Tyres and wheels
  • Windscreen
  • Registration plates
  • Lights
  • Brakes
  • Mirrors
  • Boot/tailgate and bonnet/hood
  • Windscreen wipers
  • Horn
  • Steering and suspension
  • Emissions

If the vehicle passes the test, a roadworthiness certificate is issued. If the vehicle fails the test, the test centre will provide information about problems that must be fixed before re-testing the vehicle.


A fixed fee is payable to take the roadworthiness test. If the vehicle fails the test, the fee for re-examination is 50 percent of the original price if re-tested within 14 days of the initial test. The full amount is payable if the vehicle is re-tested more than 14 days after the initial test. However, if the vehicle is re-tested after failing due to faulty lighting, indicators, horn or windscreen wipers, an additional fee does not apply.

Lost Roadworthiness Certificates

If the certificate is lost or stolen, a duplicate certificate can be applied for at the Department of Transport. A processing fee applies.