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The leaders of the seven local councils, the North of Tyne Mayor and Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner encourage people to work together to move out of Tier 3 as quickly and as safely as possible.

MOT testing


We provide MOT tests for a range of vehicles owned by local residents and businesses.

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If your MOT certificate ran out between between 30 March 2020 and 31 July 2020, it will have been extended by six months. You must get an MOT before the extended date runs out. If it is due on or after 1 August 2020 you must book an MOT as usual. More information can be found at Gov.uk: MOT guidance

You can bring your vehicle to any of our depots for an MOT test. Tests are carried out by qualified technicians. We offer a quality service with prices starting from £50. Following the test, we will advise you of any work needed to bring your vehicle up to the necessary legal standard. You don't need to have repair works carried out by us and you can take your vehicle elsewhere to be repaired.

How to book

To book any of our services, including winter car checks, by contact us at the relevant depot.

MOT services

ClassVehicle typeAvailable at
Class 3
  • three-wheeled vehicles (up to 450kg unladen weight)
Morrison Busty depot only
Class 4
  • cars (up to eight passengers)
  • motor caravans
  • three-wheeled vehicles (over 450kg unladen weight)
  • quads (maximum 400kg unladen)
  • dual purpose vehicles
  • private hire and public service vehicles (up to eight seats)
  • ambulances
  • taxis
  • private passenger vehicles and ambulances (nine to 12 passenger seats)
all depots
Class 5
  • private passenger vehicles and ambulances (13-16 passenger seats)
  • private passenger vehicles and ambulances (more than 16 passenger seat)
all depots
Class 7
  • goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg)
all depots

Your right to appeal

Complaints about MOT testing should be addressed to the manager of the test centre. A formal appeal against an MOT failure can be made to the Department of Transport.

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Authorised Testing Facility (ATF)

Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) and Public Service Vehicles (PSVs)

We offer MOT testing facilities for HGVs and PSVs.This is only available at our Meadowfield depot: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  

  • We are an appointed authorised testing centre, allowing us to carry out testing on site.
  • All makes of trucks and trailers can be tested and repaired.
  • We use the latest truck and trailer diagnostic technology: 'Texa and Mercedes Benz Star Systems'.

Tachograph station

We also provide Tachograph Centre facilities at our Meadowfield depot for all makes and models tachos and offer a full calibration service to repairs.

All works are carried out by Service Direct Newco Limited as a trading partner of Durham County Council.

Contact us
Central Repair Depot Transport Reception
03000 269 342
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • St John's Road
  • Meadowfield
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH7 8XQ

Chilton Depot Transport Reception
03000 266 247
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Chilton Industrial Estate
  • Chilton
  • Ferryhill
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL17 0SD

Morrison Depot Transport Reception
03000 265 638
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Morrison Busty Depot
  • Annfield Plain
  • Stanley
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH9 7RX

Hackworth Road Transport Reception
03000 264 100
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • 2 Hackworth Road
  • North West Industrial Estate
  • Peterlee
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • SR8 2JQ
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